A is for Apple

Back to School time is Apple Time for many teachers, and there are so many wonderful things you can do with apples in your classroom.

Whether you do an apple unit at the start of school,
or integrate it with a Fall, Farm, or Harvest unit,
you'll find lots of terrific ideas here.

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Way up high in the apple tree
Five little apples were smiling at me!
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
Down came those apples
M-m-m! They were GOOD!


Ten Shiny Apples
By Victoria Smith
(tune: Angel Band)

There was one
There were two
There were three shiny apples.
There were four
There were five
There were six shiny apples.
There were seven
There were eight
There were nine shiny apples.
There were ten shiny apples in the tree.


Apples For A Teacher
Lesson Plans for Life
An inspirational book to keep on your desk
Under $5


Good Apple Behavior

Apples are one of our year-long themes in my classroom.
My behavior chart is called Good Apple Behavior,
and we have four colors of apples, based on the following apple story/poem that I wrote.  I introduce it in the pocket chart during the first week of school, and then each student gets an eight page book with the words on the pages and room above to illustrate each sentence.

by Victoria Smith

A red apple.
A yellow apple.
A green apple.
A blue apple?

A red apple.  Yum!
A yellow apple.  Yum!
A green apple.  Yum!
A blue apple?  Yuck!


No one in my classroom wants to be a blue apple!

I use a calendar pocket chart for my behavior chart, with medium size laminated apples in the four colors.  I also use laminated apples in the pocket chart, along with an extra set of words the kids use for matching text.  We read the chart with my favorite pointers, which have red wooden apples on the end.

Favorite Apple Stories

An Apple Tree
Through the Year

The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree
A great story about Arnold enjoying his apple tree all year long.  This is a natural tie-in with teaching about seasons.  Under $5

The Apple Pie Tree

All three of these books examine how an apple tree changes during the year.  I like to use the three of them together so we can compare and contrast the stories, discuss the difference between fiction and non-fiction, and think about the writing process and how different authors treat the same subject.  We also discuss the different types of illustrations, and how illustrations affect the way the reader sees the book.

Follow Up Activities

Apple Trees all Year Long

Fold a 12x18 sheet of white construction paper into four sections.
For each section, tear a paper trunk from brown paper, and glue on.
Tear thin branches -- or draw them with brown crayon or marker.

Label the four sections at the bottom, in this order:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

For Spring, attach 1 inch squares of green tissue paper,
scrunched over the tip of a pencil and dipped in glue.

For Summer, tear green construction paper into small pieces and
glue on in a mosaic pattern.  Top with tiny paperpunch apples.

For Fall, attach fall colored square of tissue paper.

For Winter, leave the branches bare.


Seasons & Birthdays Charts

After we've read about how an apple tree changes during the year,
we make a large chart showing the four seasons, with the seaon's months listed beneath it (leaving lots of room to write).

Then we talk about the special things that happen in each month,
beginning with the holidays that children are already familiar with,
and things like the beginning and end of school.

Next we predict which season will have the most birthdays in it,
based on the kids in our class.
The predictions are recorded on our chart,
and then we list the birthdays for each month.
After all the birthdays are there (don't forget your own!), we count
them by making tally marks, then write a number total for the month.
Finally, we add up all the tally marks and write the totals next
to our original predictions.

This information is transferred neatly to a four column birthday chart
divided up into the four seasons, with a cake for each month.
I write the birthday names and dates on the cakes with a dry-erase
marker, so they're easy to change during the year, if needed.

At the beginning of each new month, we check our birthday
chart and make a small Ellison (or note pad) cake for each child who has a birthday that month, and we slip it into the calendar pocket chart to remind us of their special day.  The children enjoy counting the days until a freind's birthday.  For children with summer birthdays, we celebrate their "half birthday" instead.

Have You Ever Seen An Apple
(tune: Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?)

Have you ever seen an apple,
an apple, an apple.
Have you ever seen an apple,
that grows on a tree?
A red one, a yellow one,
a green one, a golden one.
Have you ever seen an apple,
that grows on a tree?


T.L.C. Art

I do a lot of TLC directed-art projects in my classroom.
TLC stands for Teaching Little Children, and it's the name of a company that produces wonderful art resource books.  They're not available in bookstores, but you can often find them at teaching conferences, and they also put on great workshops.

All of their art projects begin with squares or rectangles of colored paper, cut to specific sizes.  The children snip the corners off the papers (in little triangles), making successive cuts until their papers become circles, ovals, and other shapes needed for the project.  Kind of hard to explain if you've never seen them, but the projects all come out with their own personalities and the children learn to listen and follow directions, along with learning color words, shapes, vertical and horizontal orientation, and a lot more.

I try to do a TLC project every week, tied in to whatever theme we're currently working on.  They have a wonderful set of Nursery Rhyme activities that we use to make an entire book over the course of several weeks.

We make a TLC torn paper apple the second week of school.
Here's the poem that goes with it:


Red and juicy, shiny, sweet,
Apple you're so good to eat.
Crisp and crunchy, healthy, too.
This core is all that's left of you!


Apples, Apples
(tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)

Apples juicy, apples round,
On the tree or on the ground.
Apples yellow, apples red,
Apple pie and juice and bread!
Apples crunchy, apples sweet,
Apples are so good to eat!


Apple Seed
(tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)

 I'm a little apple seed,
 Peeking through,
 Please help me,
 I'll help you.
 Dig me a hole,
 And hide me away,
 And I'll be an apple tree,
 Some fine day.


Paper Plate Apples

I used to think this was mainly a kindergarten project,
but my first graders enjoy it, too.

Each child gets a white paper paint, and fingerpaints it red.
When it's dry, we add green paper leaves and a brown stem,
and glue real apple seeds to the center.


Apple Handprint

Our September handprint art is an apple.
We make several of these ... one on an 9x9 square for our monthly quilt,
another to put out on their desks for Back to School night.
That one goes on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white cardstock, with words
written at the top and bottom, so it looks like this:

I'm the apple

of my teacher's eye.

To make the handprint, paint the child's palm red and press onto paper.
Make a green thumbprint for the stem and leaf.


Our September "Happy" pocket chart poem is an old favorite:

Apple Happy

This is Apple happy.
This is Apple sad.
Now you see him sleepy.
Now you see him mad.
This is apple in pieces small.
But in a pie he's best of all!

I have wonderful blackline books of this poem
(and another poem for each month of the year), made by a friend of mine.
The kids color the pictures and have to glue them on the correct page.

I use the same illustrations in the pocket chart, and I enlarged the
illustrations to make a Big Book on 12x18 construction paper.
Most of the Big Books I make have 2 different colors of background paper,
so that we have an ABAB pattern to our books.


(tune: Bingo)

I know a fruit that grows on trees,
And apple is its name, oh!

A  P  P  L  E
A  P  P  L  E
A  P  P  L  E
And apple is its name, oh!

In summer and in early fall
It's time to pick an apple!


It may be sweet or may be tart,
It's red, or green, or yellow!


A McIntosh or Granny Smith,
A Winesap or Delicious!


Make applesauce or apple juice
Or apple pie with apples!



Ellison Die Cut Books

Counting Book

You can make a great counting book from the large Ellison
apple die cut.  If you don't have access to an Ellison machine,
you can trace large apples and cut them out.

Glue each apple to a 10x10 sheet of white paper,
and add Ellison diecut numbers from 1 to 10.  Using a black marker,
make the corresponding number of seeds on each apple.
You can also make this book apple-shaped by cutting
your apples from pre-laminated red paper.


Where Is The Apple?

Cut 8 trees and mount them on paper, along with the following
sentences (one per page, and two on the last page).

The apple is over the tree.

The apple is under the tree.

The apple is in front of the tree.

The apple is behind the tree.

The apple is in the tree.

The apple is beside the tree.

The apple is between the trees.

You can make your book one of two ways:

1.  Glue the apples into position on the page before laminating the book.

2.  Laminate the pages with the just the trees, then tape a laminated apple to
a piece of yarn, and tape the yarn to the back of the book,
so the kids can move the apple themselves.

(I make similar books in October and November,
one with spider rings to use as reading markers,
and a Tom the Turkey Went for a Walk story
with a turkey the kids color before I laminate it.)

You can make a variation on Where Is The Apple
by making your books with apples and worms.


When I teach kindergarten, I invite the parents in one or two times
per month to make our special Ellison books, so that their child will have
one to read at home.  The kids and their families really enjoy this!


Apple Finger Plays

 Eat an apple
 Save the core
 Plant the seeds
 And grow some more.


If I had two apples
What would I do?
I’d keep one for me
And give the other one to you.


Here I have five apples.
 And here are five again.
 How many apples altogether?
 Why, five and five make ten!


How many apples
Do you see?
Can you count them?
1, 2, 3.

How many green ones?
How many red?
Now eat an apple
And go to bed!


More Apple Books

There are dozens of books about apples, including some really great non-fiction books.  Here are a few of the ones I own.

Apple Picking Time

How Do Apples Grow?
Under $4


The Life and Time
of the Apple
Under $5


Picking Apples & Pumpkins
Under $3


Apples and Pumpkins
Under $4


Rain Makes Applesauce
A Caldecott Award Book

I Am an Apple
Under $4


What Am I?
Looking Through Shape
At Apples and Grapes
A delightful book!


I Am a Seed
Under $4

Alligator Arrived
With Apples
A rollicking, rhyming alphabet book

Under $5


Apple Picking
from Troll
Only $2

Apples, Bubbles
And Crystals
Your Science ABC's
A science poem for each letter of the alphabet,
with corresponding activities




A little red apple
    Hung high in a tree.
    I looked up at it,
    And it looked down at me.
    "Come down, please," I called.
    And what do you suppose?
    That little red apple
    Dropped right on my nose!


Apples, apples, one, two, three,
    Apples for you,
    Apples for me.
    Apples for big,
    Apples small,
    Apple trees tiny,
    Apple trees tall.
    Apples sour,
    Apples sweet,
    Apples, apples, are nice to eat.

Apple Math


Ask each child to bring an apple to school, but don't specify what kind or color.
Graph the apples by color, using Ellison diecut apples on the graph.
Write sentences about your graph, telling how many of each color,
and which color has the most, the least, fewer, greater, more than and less than.

Have an apple tasting, and graph each child's favorite color apple.


Sorting & Patterning

Cut 3 sizes of apples from laminated paper, each size in 3 colors.
Make 4 sets of 4 apples of each size and color, and store in baggies.

Children can match, sort, and make patterns.

Make a Venn Diagram showing the different ways the apples can be grouped,
i.e., large apples and small apples with apples the same color in the middle,
red apples and yellow apples with all the small or large apples in the middle, etc.

Make apple prints by cutting apples in half and dipping them in paint,
them making patterns with various colors.



Using a balance scale, estimate how many teddy bear counters
will equal one apple.  Repeat for a red apple, a green apple, and a yellow apple.


Don't Forget Johnny Appleseed!

Folks Call Me
Appleseed John

Under $6

Johnny Appleseed,
A Tall Tale

By Steven Kellogg
also available as
a Big Book

The Story Of
Johnny Appleseed

By Aliki
Under $5

Johnny Appleseed

An All Aboard Reader
Under $4

John Chapman
The Man Who Was Johnny Appleseed

A Rookie Biography
Under $4

Johnny Appleseed Goes A Planting

A Troll First-Start Book
Under $3

Johnny Appleseed Book & Tape Set

Rabbit Ears Story Classics

Johnny Appleseed, A Poem

Under $5




Apples in the attic,
Apples in the hall,
Apples in the summer,
Apples in the fall.
Apples make you healthy,
Apples make you tall.
I will eat some apples,
I will eat them all!


Books to Help You Plan


Apples, Pumpkins,
and Harvest
A complete thematic unit from Scholastic

Under $8


A Thematic Unit Workbook
from Teacher Created Materials

Under $8


An Apple A Day!
Over 20 Apple Projects for Kids


Little Books for Cooks

Under $4


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