activities, and links to help you plan your Apple Thematic Unit.
"An 'A-Peeling' Bunch"
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Idea and Bulletin Board by Heidi Quintero
Ms. Quintero's Second Grade
Here's How To Make It:
First cover the top 2/3 of the bulletin board with sky blue paper
and the bottom 1/3 with green paper. Add white cotton ball clouds
to the sky. Create a few apple patterns for the children to trace.
Have each child trace about 2 or 3 apples, (perhaps more,
depending on bulletin board space and class time.) Also, let each
student cut out, or trace a brown basket. You can have the
children write their names on the basket, or you can have their
names pre-printed and ready to glue onto their baskets to save
time. Then, glue a photograph or self-portrait of each child on
one apple, and have them write a few facts about themselves on the
remaining apples. Finally, place each child's apples in his/her
basket. That way the parents and visitors can see the children's
faces, and read a little bit about them. Title the display "An
* Take pictures a few days earlier to have them either developed
or printed out. That way all you have to do is glue them on. I
like to use a digital camera because I can simply print out my
pictures right then and there.
* A few facts the children can write about themselves are....
1. What is your favorite subject?
2. What is your favorite color?
3. What is the name of your pet's)?
Well, you get the idea....or be creative...come up with your own
writing topic. Whatever suits your fancy!!!!
Letter A activities:
Write words on small
cut-out paper apples.
Kids can sort words -- ABC
order, nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.
Write apple book using
Each student creates an
illustrated apple dictionary book, each page dedicated to a
Create an large apple make
of red bulletin board paper for use as a word wall. Students can
add new words they discover throughout the unit.
Seeds make great
manipulatives for counting, skip counting, addition, subtraction,
Apple Pie Fractions:
Find ways to cut an apple pie and convert into fractions.
Dot-to-Dot Apple (1-10)
Teach students symmetry by cutting apples in half and other parts
string to find circumference of different apples.
Create daily word problems
using apples as the topic.
Study the life of Johnny
sample pages on Johnny Appleseed
Trace the places Johnny Appleseed visited on a map.
Read How to Make an
Apple Pie and See the World. Then do the following
geography and economics activities with the students.
Apple Baking Idea:
Easy Apple Pie
Ingredients per pie:
5-6 apples already peeled, cored, and cut into slices, cinnamon,
sugar, 2 Pillsbury crescent rolls, vanilla ice cream
oven to 350 degrees. On a round pan (preferably a pizza pie pan) or
a baking sheet, create a round circle by placing crescent roll
wedges with points in the middle. If necessary, use a small
roller to smooth out middle only. Place apple slices onto the
middle of the wedges. Add lots of sugar and cinnamon. Take
outside edges of the crescent dough and fold in towards the middle.
Use second crescent roll package to cover the remaining top of the
pie. You may have wedges left over. Place in the oven and bake
until crispy brown. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Teachers: This baking
activity can be completed in student groups if all ingredients and
apples are ready. It makes a great ending activity for any