Apples were incorporated into all of our learning the past couple of weeks! We ended our apple fun with a special apple tasting party on Johnny Appleseed’s birthday! The kids helped prepare our homemade applesauce, and we wrote down the steps as we went, which helped us with “how to” writing! The classroom smelled wonderful as the apples cooked all day!
We are still learning to stretch our sounds as we spell and write. The kids did amazing with this shared writing chart, and most kids were able to share the pen and help to write the directions.
Our book of the week was titled, Apple Trouble! We spent all week doing different comprehension skills with the book, including identifying main characters, recalling story details, retelling the story using fun picture magnets at the reading station, vocabulary study, and we even incorporated nonfiction into our learning by researching the animals who appeared in the story, including the main character–the hedgehog.
We used Pebble Go during reading stations to find out more about the animals who appeared in our story!
All of that learning about real hedgehogs came to life when we had a surprise visitor one day…
We ALL were so OVERJOYED when we met Hedgie the Hedgehog! She was very active and the kids loved petting her–although, her quills were very sharp–which explains why the Hedgehog may have gotten all those things stuck to her back in the story Apple Trouble! HA!
(Hedgie with the book, Apple Trouble!)
I’m pretty sure about 90 percent of the class may have gone home to ask for pet hedgehogs after meeting Hedgie.
We learned about adjectives using phrases from the book Apple Trouble, and we brainstormed adjectives to describe real apples.
At our writing station, we set up a table for scientists to explore apples and write down observations. They measured, weighed, and compared the red and green apples.
The apple sensory tub was a popular addition to our reading restaurant (which became an Apple Treat Shop) and the kids had to sort apple pictures inside the tub by the medial vowel sounds. The real “tree” pieces were exciting to look at and explore!
Creativity (as always) was taking place at the reading restaurant–many friends were drawing and serving up apple treats, making apple shopping lists, and creating menu items for their treat shop. Apple pies were a popular item to make and serve!
During math, we have been working on number fluency to 7. We explored this concept by pretending we went apple picking. We had to pick some red and some green apples, but only 7 apples could go in our baskets. Students worked in groups using our pom pom “apples” to find all the possible combinations of 7.
We also read Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss. We have been working with ten frames a lot this year, and so we made our ten apples up on top hats by using a ten frame! After we all had our hats on, the kids were challenged to find out how many apples on top we had as an entire class. We counted together and had 210 apples up on top–(including Mrs. Cooley)! Sidenote…getting this picture was kind of hilarious. Hats kept falling over, dropping off of heads, or tearing. Thankful to have this picture where all hats are on and all 20 friends are looking at me! 🙂 Cuties.
We also had ALL kinds of FUN creating GIANT apple diagrams for the hall–something about big paper just makes everything very exciting! In related news, we couldn’t see the classroom floor for a good half hour. It was a sea of paper, scissors, glue, and tiny creators! 🙂
We just finished learning about nonfiction text features with a little apple book we created, so these diagrams were an extension of our learning to share with our entire school! We got so many compliments on our finished products!
The Apple Tasting Party was the tastiest EVER. Thank you to all the sweet parents who sent in apple treats for us to sample!
So YUM. We took a vote and created a tally chart and bar graph of our favorite apple treat– and apple donuts were voted the class favorite.
But Mrs. Cooley’s personal favorite was…
If y’all haven’t tried these yet, I highly recommend buying ALL the Apple Pie Oreos…in the whole store. I’m so serious.