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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.


It is apples week in the Kindergarten All-Stars classroom.  We read apple math books like “Ten Red Apples” and “Ten Apples on Top“, and then we created our own apple trees and wrote the number of apples on them.

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Then we read the story “The Biggest Apple Ever” and compared that story with “The Biggest Pumpkin Ever“.  Then we made homemade apple cider using a juicer and wrote about the apple cider using describing what it looks like, smells like, and tastes like.

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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.

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Today was a BIG day for Mr. Daniel’s K-1 All-Stars!  Today was the last Saturday make-up day for school.  While students had to come to school today, we tried to make it a day of fun as well as a day of learning.

As I have said before we are in the middle of two units here in our K-1 Class.  First we’ve been talking about fall, as well as our head to toe unit.  Where student’s learn more about themselves and how they are important.  But we talk more about our body and how we grow and change over time.  Also in this theme is talking about our five senses.  Today in Mr. Daniel’s K-1 All-Stars students used their sense of smell and taste to enjoy a fall treat, homemade Apple Cider!

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Students discussed about how it smelled and tasted, and then we created a list of describing words.  Afterwards students practiced writing using a topic sentence “We had apple cider.”  Students have been learning in 1st grade how to write using a main idea and giving two details.  Today the whole class wrote about their experience with apple cider!

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After we had the apple cider I showed students on the smart board pictures of Michigan (grew I am from) and how apples are harvested in the fall, to be sold to stores, or put into to make things like apple cider.  Our All-Stars then got to be a part of the fall harvest as they went out berry picking after lunch.  Our K-1 Aide, Amanda, showed the whole class how Agutac (or also known as Eskimo ice-cream) is made and she used their berries to make the Agutac.

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I think it was a great compare and contrast for our K-1 students.  They got to see how other places prepare for winter by harvesting and gathering their food.  Then they got to learn about and experience some of their own culture and be a part of the fall harvest!

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