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HS Apples

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

Interest Area Changes to Environment

Plastic Apples File Folder Apple Games Pie Pan Scale Apple Cookie Cutters Apple Stampers with red, yellow, green stamp pads Apple juice carton and apple sauce containers (empty) Apron Red, Yellow, Green Tissue Paper and Paint Basket Pictures of Apples, Apple Trees, and Apple Orchards Picnic blanket Paper bag Scale Apple sponges

Teaching Concepts for Large Group

1. Are apples fruits or vegetables? Do we need fruits and vegetables? Are they healthy? 2. What is the life cycle of an apple? DIscuss apple orchards. Show real pictures of an apple tree. 3. Discuss colors of apples. Do apple taste test and chart their favorites. Ask questions like: Can you tell the apples apart? What makes them taste different? What makes them taste the same? 4. What kind of ways can we eat and fix apples to eat? 5. Who is Johnny Appleseed? He was a legendary American who planted and supplied apple trees to much of the United States. His real name was John Chapman, but was called Johnny Appleseed for his love of growing apple trees. It was said that as he traveled he wore his cooking pot on his head as a hat (this may or may not be true)! Special Activity – will apples sink or float? Do experiment before cutting the apples to eat. Apples float! 25% of their volume is made up of water. Special Activity – Try and guess how many seeds are in an apple. Cut in half and guess again. Then count the number of seeds.

Teaching Concepts for Small Group

1. Count apple seeds. 2. Use magnifying glass to compare apple seeds. 3. Apple observations. 4. Stained glass apples. 5. Make an apple tree. 6. If you have enough apples, do apple sorting or make patterns with the apples. 7. Cut an apple in half. Have children guess how many seeds are in an apple. Then count to see. Discuss how apples grow. 8. Weigh apples on a scale. Then weigh something else. Discuss. Cut the apple and weigh again. Did it lose any of its weight? 9.  Apple tree game. Make the shape of a tree on the floor with tape and add apples to the branches. Time the children to see how fast they can pick up the apples (only picking up one at a time) and put them in the basket. The tricky part is that they can only walk on the tape, so it is good for working on balance and gross motor skills! 10.  Find the inchworm - Have children pick a sponge and name the letter and pick up that apple to see if they found the inchworm. Play until the inchworm is found, and repeat. 11. Wiggle worms alphabet game - Take turns pulling out a piece of paper. If it has an inchworm on it, everyone  stand up and wiggle like a worm. If it has a letter on it, everyone say the name of the letter. If it has a heart on it, everyone stand and give a group hug.  12. Use playdough to make inchworms. Use a ruler or measurements on paper to measure the inchworm. 13. Thumbprint apples.


Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Pass the apple (play like hot potato), while listening to CHOSEY.

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays


1. Eat an Apple Eat an apple (pretend to eat fist) Save the core (put one hand in the other) Plant the seeds (pretend to plant seeds) And grow some more! (make tree shape over head) 2. Apple Tree High in the Sky Way up high in an apple tree (point up high) Two big apples smiled down at me (put fingers at cheeks and make a smile) I shook that tree as hard as (shake body) I could, and down came the apples (fall down) Mm-mm, they were good! (pretend to eat)

Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1.  Hot Apple – play like Hot Potato 2.  Apple Scavenger Hunt 3. Worm Through the Apple (crawl through tunnels or children/teachers standing with legs apart and children crawl through legs). 4. Apple Crawl 5. Apple Toss 6. Squirm like a worm 7. Fishing for apples (put apples in tub with water and try to fish out with nets)

CLASS Concepts

Use an apple cut out as a unit of measurement. Children can make predictions on how many apples it will take to measure themselves and their friends. Ask them how they can figure it out. Allow children to decide if they want to measure how tall they are by standing against the wall and attaching apples to the wall or how long they are by lying in the floor and laying apples head to toe. Facilitate the activity by asking many questions. “How many apples do you think it will take? Will it take more apples for you or for Jenny? Why do you think that? What other things could we use to measure objects?”


Teaching Concepts for Distance Learning


Apple Count

Slice apples in multiple slices, count how many are there, eat one, use math terms such as: we had 8 slices, we ate one, how many are left, then count them. Continue until all slices are gone.


Apple art

Items needed: Apple, paint, and paper

Cut apple in half, place half of apple in paint, place painted half of apple on paper. Discuss what happened, and what shapes are seen.

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