Today for “Fiesta Friday” (we had it on Thursday since there is no school Friday) we learned about different things you can make with apples. One of the things you can make is Apple Cider. Students got to put apples in the power juicer (with supervision) and help put in ingredients and stir our apple cider. When the cider was ready we used some of our senses to talk about what the cider smelled like, looked liked, and tasted like.
Then we talked about opinion writing and what it means to write an opinion. Students wrote if they liked apple cider or not. We also made sure to add important details into our drawings so that the readers knew were (such as drawing things we see in the classroom; carpet, whiteboard, desks, chairs, word wall), and what we were doing (drinking apple cider). They also practiced making a simple sentence with some of the sight words we’ve learned so far.
As we continued on with our apple week, we read a fiction story called Max & Mo Go Apple Picking, and learned about the different elements of a story. Together as a class we filled out an anchor chart that showed the different elements.
For science we’ve been learning about things that are living and nonliving. We examined some apples and created our own diagram that displayed the different parts of the apple.
Today on Friday we celebrated our second Fiesta Friday by putting apples in a juicer and making hot apple cider in a crock pot. Students got to enjoy the apple cider while watching a virtual field trip to an apple orchard on Blippi.
To finish off our apple unit we learned how to make apple cider using a juicer. We started off reading the book Max and Mo Go Apple Picking where the class in the story made applesauce instead of apple cider. Then students took turns putting apples into a juicer.
Then we put the cider from the juicer into the crock-pot, added some ingredients, and let it cook. When the cider was done, students had the cider and wrote their opinion on if they liked apple cider or not. You can find the writing prompt in our apples mini-unit.
Also during literacy workshop time students worked on word work where they made sentences about apples.
We’ve been at it again over here at The Kindergarten All-Stars! As we’re gearing up to go back to school, I’ve developed my apples mini unit for purchase over at Teachers Pay Teachers. I’ve used this unit for years but now it’s ready for you to use it in your classrooms!
In this bundle students will explore various science skills & topics such as; investigating, labeling, life cycle, and vocabulary. Language Arts and math curriculum are integrated into the activities. The activities are aligned to Kindergarten Common Core standards. The packet includes 25 pages of print & go workpages, a emergent reading book, a writing prompt, and 2 art projects. I cannot wait to use this unit again in my classroom and show you more pictures! If you’re as excited as I am to use this unit, you can purchase it by clicking on the picture below.
As we finished up our apples unit in our class we read stories about picking applies and making things from apples. Some stories were fiction like The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll, and some stories are nonfiction like A Day at the Apple Orchard by Megan Faulkner. We also watched a video and sang a song about the life cycle of an apple. Students then made their own life cycle of an apple. You can find the Life Cycle of an Apple FREEBIE on teachers pay teachers here.
Students also got to help make hot apple cider by taking apple slices and putting them into a juicer, and they watched the juice come out the other side. I finished making the cider by adding cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and letting it heat up in a crock pot.
Finally for writing, students wrote about if they liked apple cider by completing the sentence and drawing a picture about apples / apple orchards.
After our field trip on Friday we learned how other places participate in the fall harvest. Our class talked about how where I come from (in Michigan) we pick apples. We learned the letter Aa and read the book “Red Are the Apples” by Marc Harshman. We also retold the key details by remembering what were the different things on the farm and what colors they were.
Then we made a text to self connection by trying homemade apple cider (as they made apple cider at the end of the story). We learned about the five senses and used three of them to describe the apple cider in a writing activity.