As we continue with our IB unit on Who We Are we are learning about what we harvest during the fall time. Today we read about children taking a trip to an apple orchard. In the book we learned about how apples grow. For our learning target this week we are learning how to retell stories or parts of stories in the correct sequence. We then created a life cycle of the apple. We also learned the song Way Up High in the Apple Tree where students practiced subtraction with every apple we ate in the song.
This week students learned how the weather and seasons determine our activities and how we live. Students learned that during the fall time we harvest food such as apples for winter. For reading, we read a nonfiction book called A Day at the Apple Orchard and created the life cycle of an apple.
During math students talked about matching quantity with numbers and number words. They read the emergent reader book Apples in the Basket and worked on being illustrators for the book. They drew and colored the matching number of apples to the correct page.
Students also learned the song Way Up High in the Apple Tree that introduce students simple subtraction story problems by counting down each time the boy eats an apple. Ask your children to sing this song to you!
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 watched a video about parts of an apple from Hasemeier Early Learning resources. Along with this video was an emergent reader that we read together as a class.
Then we put together an apple with construction paper and labeled the parts. You can find this activity and many other apple activities from our apple mini unit.
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.
For math we watched the video / song Way Up High in the Apple Tree, sang along to the song and learned the hand motions. We also practiced counting backwards from 5. Then we created a book called Apples, Apples, Apples and practiced counting and writing numbers 0-9.