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Applesauce, Apple Picking Time,
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"Sing and Read" Alphabet Little Books
Motivation/Introduction ~ First Day of Theme:
Lessons (one main lesson a day which can be broken into parts as needed throughout the day):
Apple Annie song / book in "Sing and Read" Alphabet Little
Books by Frog Street Press (or any /a/ word books).
Aa coloring sheet: Have children color the Aa in an apple color (red, yellow, green). Read the names of the pictures together, putting emphasis on the /ă/ sound at the beginning of each word.
Apple Picking Field Trip: Check out this site to find and visit an apple orchard. Gather enough apples to complete the activities all week.2. Story: Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer
Optional story: Applesauce by Shirley Kurtz
each child to do some part of this recipe (wash apples, pour
in an ingredient, etc. and ensure that adequate supervision
is given during cooking with young children).
Read story, Rain Makes Applesauce (a very imaginative, poetic story) and lead into cooking applesauce by asking how rain would help in making applesauce. (The rain provides the watery apple juice inside the apples.) Then sing We're Makin' Apple, Applesauce song while waiting for applesauce to cook. Serve warm with graham crackers. MMMMM! Send the rest home in individual containers with the recipe on index cards.
Make A's and a's with index finger in the applesauce.3. Story: The Little House with No Doors and No Windows and a Star Inside author unknown
Give each child a copy of the story to take home.
Optional story: Autumn is for Apples
Favorite Apple Graph: Ask what other colors apples come in. Set out at least one of each color. Allow children to examine each whole apple. Slice into wedges and examine some more. Give each child one wedge of each color. Together, taste each color and have each child choose a favorite. Have them color an apple cut-out to represent the color apple they like best. Create a graph with the apples. Read the graph with the children asking questions like, "What does our chart/graph tell us? Which color apple is the favorite? Which color is the least favorite? How many children like (red, yellow, green)? Is there a color that nobody likes?", etc. Leave graph posted throughout theme.
Apple Painting: Provide several apples sliced in half to show the star and bowls of red, yellow, and green paint. (Make a "stamp pad": Lay a damp, quarter-folded paper towel on small plates - one for each paint color. Pour a small amount of paint on the paper towel. Children "stamp" apple halves onto "stamp pad" to paint.) Allow small groups of children to stamp apple pictures onto large sheets of paper. After a short time exploring, offer fresh paper and encourage the children to create patterns (red, red, green or yellow, green or red, yellow, green, etc.). Paint can be messy, so make sure the children have additional clothing, if needed.
Strawberry Shortcake Takes a Field Trip
How Do Apples Grow?
How Many Seeds:
After Show & Tell, cut each
child's apple in quarters and allow them to dig out and
count the seeds. Rinse them in a small colander and
allow them to dry on individual napkins. Let the
children write the number of seeds found in the apple on
apple page. (If your child has trouble writing
the number, use a yellow marker to write it and have him/her
trace the number.) Glue the seeds in the middle of the
apple. Have the children help put the papers in order
from least amount of seeds found to most. Hang them up
in order for the length of the theme.
How Many Seeds: After Show & Tell, cut each child's apple in quarters and allow them to dig out and count the seeds. Rinse them in a small colander and allow them to dry on individual napkins. Let the children write the number of seeds found in the apple on his/her apple page. (If your child has trouble writing the number, use a yellow marker to write it and have him/her trace the number.) Glue the seeds in the middle of the apple. Have the children help put the papers in order from least amount of seeds found to most. Hang them up in order for the length of the theme.Closure ~ Last Day of Theme: Story: Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss
I See Apples Counting Booklet: Print, cut out pages. Compile into book form. Let child use stickers, apple pictures, &/or draw apples to illustrate number of apples on each page. If developmentally-appropriate for child, encourage child to trace number word &/or number on each page. Consider doing a couple of pages a day to avoid overwhelming child. Enjoy reading together while counting apples.
Apple Dips (check for allergies): Set out several dips (yogurt dip, caramel-apple dip, chocolate dip, peanut butter dip, etc.) and allow the children to taste test with their quartered apples. Draw them into a discussion about which ones they like best and worst, the differences in flavor and texture, etc.) Praise them for simply trying something new.
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