1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Apple Activities With Me
Last week I celebrated apple week. blogging about all sorts of apple-themed activities. I had a few more requests, and some miscellaneous apple things that I hadn't blogged about, so I thought I'd toss them all in this article.
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Darcy, over in Washington, does a big apple unit with her 1st graders. She said: "I love, love, love your flip for facts file folder idea. Do you have one for apples?" Thanks for your e-mail Darcy. You certainly made my day. :-)
I designed the flip for facts file folders, as a quick, easy and fun way to introduce younger students to doing research. The file folders are a nice pre-cursor to writing a report. I didn't have one for apples, but was glad to whip one together.
If anyone else out there in cyber space would like a file folder on another topic (maybe pumpkins?) feel free to shoot me an e-mail: email@example.com and I'll add it to my "to do" list.
I've also been working on seasonal sets of time cards. Here's the apple set. Use them to review analog as well as digital time to the hour and half hour. (CCSS 1.MD.3a) Great for pocket cards, an assessment tool, flashcards, games, and puzzles too.
The apple number word matching activity, is another quick and easy game. This one will help your students identify numbers and their number word.
Using a clothespin to clip to the correct answer, provides wonderful fine motor practice and helps strengthen finger muscles. So that students can self-check, mark an X in the correct spot on the back of the card.
Besides working on number words, I designed an apple color word matching game as well. This reinforces the 3 colors of apples.
I think that patterning is so important to understanding all sorts of math concepts, so I designed an apple patterning activity as well.
Graphing is also something that I did every day with my Y5's.
I decided to put a collection of 24 apple graphs together. I think I covered everything you could possibly want to graph about apples, but if I forgot something, shoot me an e-mail and I'll add it to the collection. firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the directions to your students and have them color in the number grid appropriately. If they've followed the directions correctly, an apple will be revealed.
This is a quick, easy and fun way to teach, review and assess: number recognition, spatial directions, ordinal numbers, diagonal lines, plus listening and following directions.
I've also included a large numeric grid for the teacher to use in a "monkey see-monkey do" demonstration, as well as a completed grid showing the correctly colored apple.
There are also posters to help explain ordinal numbers, left and right, as well as diagonal lines. Click on the link to view/download the Magic Math Apple
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Fall Writing With Me
Since the "Apple Sense" craftivity was downloaded quite a bit, I decided this format would also work well for Pumpkin Sense. No matter what grade your students are in, they need to be reminded to use their senses to make their writing "come alive." The use of adjectives is equally important, and such a simple thing to explain using examples. I find that if students can add a bit of art to their creations, writing is more fun and completed projects make wonderful bulletin boards that build self-esteem.
Run off the pumpkin template on orange construction paper. Students add a bit of color to the the stem, with a green crayon. You can make this even cuter, by having students trace their hand (with their fingers spread) onto a sheet of green construction paper, trim and glue their "leaf" next to the stem. Adding a photograph gives things that finishing touch.
Run the "pumpkin guts" off on yellow construction paper. Students trim and fill in their answers. Before hand, discuss the 5 senses, as well as what an adjective is, explaining the importance of using both to write better.
Brainstorm words that can be used to describe a pumpkin using the various senses and write them on the board. Students can draw from this word bank when they write.
So that they are practicing starting a sentence with a capital letter, have students write a complete sentence, rather than filling in their answer. Review proper end punctuation. To make sure that they use adjectives, encourage students to underline them.
You may want children to write a rough draft, checking to make sure that every noun has a descriptive word before it. Can they think of a better word to describe what they are seeing, feeling, tasting, smelling, etc? When they are satisfied with their final draft, they can write it on the yellow insert. Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Sense craftivity.
Continuing with adjective practice, I designed a Describing Fall packet.
Students think of words that describe the various fall themes: school, apples, leaves, pumpkins, spiders, bats, scarecrows, sunflowers, turkeys and Pilgrims, and then fill in the appropriate boxes with adjectives. Once they have done that, students incorporate several words into 1 or 2 sentences that they write on the back of their worksheet.
Children can add a bit of color with crayons or markers. When everyone is done, have them share their work. I've also included a definition of an adjective anchor chart. Click on the link to view/download the Describing Fall Adjective Writing packet.
If you're looking for more activities involving the 5 Senses you may like Sam's Senses craftivity. Children cut and glue the labels to Sam the pumpkin man. What makes Sam special is that his hands are the traced hands of the student. Click on the link to view/download Sam.
My Fall Senses, is a quick and easy candy corn graphic organizer that again helps students practice their writing skills. Click on the link to view download this fall writing activity.
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1-2-3 Come Make A KWL With Me
I first learned about a KWL in college. KWL's are graphic representations that are especially helpful for visual learners. They are a wonderful way for teachers to see what prior knowledge their students have, as well as what they'd like to learn. KWL's are simple, easy and a fun way to accomplish quite a bit in a short amount of time.
K stands for what students Know about a topic, W for What they Want to know, and finally, L representing what students have Learned when the unit is over. I used them quite a bit to introduce a variety of subjects to my Y5's. I'd simply put a KWL chart on the board and we'd have a discussion. As students shared, I wrote things under the appropriate letters. The chart stayed up 'til the end of our unit. As children learned things we'd add them to the L section.
I was cruising Pinterest awhile ago and found a KWL on apples over at The Lemonade Stand. Click on the link to check out Rayann's sweet blog. She made a KWL using a red, yellow and green apple. I thought this bit of art, thrown into the KWL concept, was a terrific idea, so I decided to make some creative KWL's for fall. I've included an apple and leaves KWL for September; along with a KWL for pumpkins, spiders and bats for October, and finally, a turkey and Pilgrim KWL for November.
Besides the large KWL that you can put on your board, I've made matching 1-page personal KWL's, so your students can practice their writing.
When I taught 1st grade, I made writing folders for my students to use as journals. They were simply a pocket folder with brads inside. Anytime I gave a writing extension, students would 3-hole punch their worksheet and put it in their folder.
The folders documented wonderful progress throughout the year and were shown at parent-teacher conferences. These individual KWL's would be terrific for your students' writing journals/folders and something they could do during Daily 5. Click on the link to view/download the KWL's For Fall packet.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple and Pumpkin Activities With Me!
One of the much-needed skills for little ones, is the ability to cut. Just learning how to hold a scissors is quite an accomplishment for some. To help my Y5's strengthen their hand muscles and increase dexterity, I incorporated cutting practice in some form or another every day. To make this less tedious and frustrating, many of the activities revolved around creating a craft that included other skills as well.
Keeping this in mind, I designed "A-peel-ing Apples" so children could practice cutting in a circle. This is a wonderful opportunity to add the term spiral to students' vocabulary as well. Giving a red, yellow or lime green color choice for the apple, also reinforces that science fact.
To add a bit more pizzazz, older students can glue two different colors together. The thicker paper lessens the drop of the spiral, and the double-sided colors add interest to the dangler. Students glue a stem and leaf to the top. Punch a hole; add a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling, or as a border against a hallway wall. Click on the link to view/download the A-peel-ing Apples activity.
Cutting on a straight line is also not that easy for some little ones. These apple and pumpkin "strip" puzzles, will not only give your students practice with that skill, but review and reinforce sequencing numbers from 1-10, skip counting by 10's, or counting backwards from 10-1. I've used a dashed-line font, for the numbers on the apples and pumpkins, so that students can get some writing practice in. Encourage children to count quietly as they trace the numbers.
Simply choose a number concept you want to work on and run off the puzzles on construction paper. Children choose a puzzle; trace the numbers; cut the strips, lay them in the proper sequence on a sheet of black construction paper, and then glue them down.
Remind students to keep a small space between the strips. Students add a stem and leaf to the top. You can make the pumpkin more of a keepsake, by having children, or a room helper, trace their hand, with their fingers spread, onto green construction paper. They trim and glue next to their stem. Completed projects make a sweet harvest bulletin board.
You may want to laminate one of each kind, to keep in your math center. Each puzzle has its own Baggie. Children can work indepently, or pick a partner to play "Speed" against. The first one who completes their puzzle, is the winner. Click on the link to view/download the Apple and Pumpkin Number Puzzles.
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1-2-3 Come Study Shapes and Graphs With Me
Because I incorporated shapes into a themed picture, you are able to cover several standards, while students practice their graphing skills. Besides the 4 seasonal graphs, there are answer keys included, so you have a sample to show students. Point to the various shapes on the sample, and have children identify them.
Use the discussion questions, to help kiddo's further understand data collection and analysis. I tried to think of a variety of themed-shapes for fall, so there's an apple graph, a pumpkin graph, a leaf graph and a spider graph.
I design quite a bit from teacher requests, so if there's a theme you study in the fall, that you'd like a graph for, simply shoot me an e-mail and I'll see what I can whip together. email@example.com
Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Fall Graphs packet.
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1-2-3 Come Practice Letter Recognition With Me!
The more you emmerse your kiddo's with letter activities, the more likely the light bulb of understanding will easily come on. Although important, trace and write worksheets, can become tedious and boring after awhile. (skill-drill & kill) It's important to give little learners a variety of hands-on activities.
I try to think up ideas that involve some sort of crafty aspect. Children LOVE these; they provide fine motor skill practice, and completed projects make great bulletin boards and wall displays, that help build a child's self-esteem. I call today's quick and easy letter "craftivity" Search & Find. I strived to do at least one activity a month that recycled something, so using old newspapers to trace on, fit the bill and the results look terrific. These are wonderful for a seasonal Daily 5 activity too!
Here's what to do:
Students find and circle the upper and lowercase letters that the shape starts with. i.e. If a child chooses an apple, they will search for Aa’s. I tried to think up themed-shapes for fall, and added a football, to help excite the boys in your class. To make this a bit more difficult for older students, have them search and circle all of the letters that are in the WORD and then tally or total, how many of each letter they found.
When they are done, students color their newsprint craftivity, with a watercolor marker or highlighter, so that the newsprint still shows through.
Students glue their work to the matching worksheet and fill in the data. Older students can use the greater, less than, or equals symbol, to show THEIR answer, to the correct answer.
When everyone is done, you can graph how many of each beginning letter, that your class found, counting by 10’s. Write each child’s amount on the board and show the addition, one step at a time, to get to a grand total.
Before graphing, have students predict which letter they think they will find the most of, and why. Click on the link to view/download the Search & Find Alphabet Craftivity packet. For more Alphabet FREEBIES, click on the link, to pop on over to that section of my site. Enjoy!
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1-2-3 Play An Alphabet Matching Game With Me!
The Dollar Store is one of my favorite stores. My mantra when I go in one is: "What can I do with this, that will help my students learn?" so when I saw that they carried clip-on clothespins, I designed all sorts of games that students could "clip and match." I did this for colors, numbers, upper and lowercase letters, shapes, and even glued my kiddos' photo on the front and back, so they could clip it to a yes or no answer for Question of the Day.
I used another photo clip for attendance. This clothespin could also be used on your behavior board. i.e. Children all start out on the green apple for "good" behavior, and move to a yellow apple when they've been warned, and finally to a red apple if there's a consequence.
Because my little ones needed help recognizing and writing their names, I wrote them on clothespins for them to "find". These were kept in a bucket and were sometimes used when I graphed something. Children could also pick a clothespin out of the bucket and have that child be their partner.
My clothespin craftiness started 13 years ago. Creative minds must think alike, because I've seen clothespin activities all over Pinterest, with similar ideas. One gal used yellow alphabet clothespins as "rays" that were clipped around a sun. This gave me the idea to make several themed alphabet clothespin games.
I started with an apple and then made a pumpkin. I'll fool around with a turkey and its feathers for November. Hopefully by then, all of your students will be able to identify upper and lowercase letters.
Here are some tips to help you make the apple/pumpkin alphabet games. Directions for the pumpkin are similar and included in the packet.
If you are making multiple games, so that more students can play, make a template for the leaves and stem. Print, cut and trace onto an old file folder to make a pattern that’s easier to trace. Using the template, trace the leaf once on green construction paper and then cut several at a time. Do the same for the stem, only on brown construction paper. Glue to the back of your apples then laminate. Children will clip the Aa clothespins on the stem, and the Z or B clothespin on the leaf, depending on where you glue the leaves. Run off the apples on red, yellow and lime green construction paper.
I suggest you clip all of the clothespins onto the apples BEFORE you write the letters on. Since little ones are just learning about letters, it’s less confusing for them, if you print on the clothespins, so that a letter doesn’t appear upside down. i.e. I printed letters E, F, G, H, I, J, sideways with the “pinch” end of the clothespin going to the right, and letters Q, R, S, T, U , V and W sideways; with the “pinch” side going to the left. Letters A, B, C, D, Z, Y, X with the “pinch” side up,; and L, M, N, O, P with the “pinch” side down.
Another help for younger children, and allows for quick sorting, is to print the uppercase letters in red permanent marker, and the lowercase letters on the flip side, in black. Bag up this particular set of clothespins and mark them Apple Clothespins.
Children can also play with a partner, dividing the clothespins so that each child gets 13 to clip. Teacher chooses the partners, so that a stronger student can help a child who’s struggling. There's an apple and pumpkin alphabet anchor chart, so that children can self-check their work when they have completed clipping their clothespins.
Make a few extra games to send home with children who need more one-on-one help. Inform parents via a note (There's one included in the pack) that they may BORROW the game for one week and need to return it on a specific day. Jot yourself a note as to who has the game. I've also included a reminder note to send home, in case a child fails to return the game on time.
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1-2-3 Come Make Some Apple Art With Me!
I've had several requests for some quick and easy art activties, that teachers can do in a short amount of time, or set up as centers. Here are some of my all-time favorites.
A melted crayon apple looks awesome and takes only a few minutes to make. Students cut out their apple and glue a leaf and stem to it. Teacher reads the poem and reviews rhyming. "Apples can be yellow, red or green. These are the prettiest apples you've ever seen!"
As a terrific fine motor skill, children peel a red, yellow and green broken crayon.
When it is their turn, children bring their apple and crayons to the adult-run center, where they "shave" their crayons in a crayon sharpener, to make piles of shavings. Students pinch some and sprinkle in a few places on their apple, being careful not to cover the poem.
The teacher or room helper, lays a piece of wax paper on top, and carefully presses down with an iron on its lowest setting. After a few seconds (s)he gently peels back the paper to reveal a multi-colored apple tree. My Y5's often squealed with delight at how cool their apple looked. Click on the link to view/download the Crayon Melt Apple activity.
Another easy apple "craftivity" that helps strengthen finger muscles, is a rip and tear apple. Even a young child can work independently at this center, as they tear red, yellow, green, and brown strips of paper into color piles, and then glue them to their apple cut out.
Any of these projects make an outstanding apple bulletin board, or if you do several, arrange them all on a wall, with the caption: Apple-icious Work! Click on the link to view/download the Rip & Tear Apple pattern.
As you can see in the photographs, I have my kiddo's use yellow, green and red, to reinforce the fact that apples can be all of those colors. Another way to bring this idea home, is to have children color the apple squares template. I designed the "graph" paper with large squares for little ones, as well as smaller squares for older children.
Use this "craftivity" to reinforce an ABC pattern as well. Click on the link to view/download The Color-Me Apple activity.
Every now and then, I liked to throw in a few crafts that I knew parents would absolutely love.
I call these "Keepsake Crafts." Tracing a child's arm, on brown construction paper, with their fingers spread to make "branches" results in the perfect apple tree trunk.
Children dip their index finger in red paint, or red glitter glue and dab on 10 fingerprint apples. Include a child's oval photo in the "hollow" of the tree, for that finishing touch.
This apple craft has a poem, so you can review that genre, along with rhyming words. "Cute little apples hanging from my tree. I made them with my fingerprints; they're a special part of me. The 10th one will be the last; listen now and I'll count them fast: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10."
Having children count the 10 apples, reinforces that math standard as well. Click on the link to view/down load The Keepsake Apple Tree Pattern.
Finally, allowing children to paint, is a bit messy, but also provides wonderful fine motor skill practice, and my Y5's absolutely loved it. Have children add seeds to the back of their apple, by pressing their index finger onto a brown stamp pad and then making a star design in the center.
To make this a noisemaker-shaker, add rice or birdseed before you staple their creation. These also look sweet dangling from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download the Painted Apple Bowl activity.
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1-2-3 Come Make The Life Cycle Of An Apple With Me!
There are 3 Life Cycle of an Apple craftivities in this packet. Children can choose to glue the apple's life cycle on an apple, apple tree, or apple pie.
There is a front and back to the apple and apple tree projects. The apple has a sweet poem that I revamped, on the back. The apple seeds are a child's finger print that was pressed onto a brown stamp pad.
On the apple life cycle TREE, students cut and glue apples for however many years old they are.
The life cycle of an apple (pie plate), was made by covering a paper plate with aluminum foil. Because you are cutting a slice of apple pie to dangle, you have an opportunity to cover fractions as well.
There are also 2 different apple life cycle templates to choose from. One apple life cycle is completed by using real photographs of the various stages and gluing them to the template.
(See tree & pie photo.) The other apple life cycle, is made by coloring, cutting and gluing the pictures of each phase. (See apple photo.)
Completed projects look wonderful dangling from the ceiling. The apple pie life cycle makes a sweet bulletin board. I spray the pie slice with apple spice fragrance for that finishing touch.
Click on the link to view/download the Life Cycle Of An Apple Activities.
This packet will be FREE for an entire year (!) after which time, it will be up-date and rolled into my 33-page Life Cycle of an Apple Activities packet in my TpT shop.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple "Craftivities" With Me
Studying apples was one of my very favorite units. Apples can be used across the board for every subject. I especially enjoy designing hands-on apple lessons that help students practice their fine motor + listening and following direction skills. Because my room was on the far end of the school, one of the corridors provided a hallway to myself! I LOVED decorating it to the hilt, with my students' "mess-terpieces"; we always received tons of compliments too.
To introduce, and encourage rhyming, I like to make up poems and songs to familiar tunes. I used the tune of 3 Blind Mice for the Apples Apples Apples dangler. It reinforces the concept of small-medium and large, as well as the fact that apples can be red, yellow or green. Older students can also label the parts of an apple.
To make this even more special, have students glue their photo to the leaf, and press their pinkie finger on a brown stamp pad, to make the 5 seeds in the center of their apple. Making a brown construction paper loop for a stem, adds pizzazz, and makes it easy to hang these from the ceiling. Click on the link to veiw/download the Apples Song Dangler.
Small squares of red, yellow and green tissue paper, collaged on a card stock apple, also provides great fine motor skill practice. The results are truly amazing. For a high gloss finish, gently paint the top of the apple, with watered-down Elmer's white glue, or Modge Podge. For that extra bit of pizzazz, add a scrap of calico fabric and a button. Click on the link to view/download the Tissue Paper Apple Activity.
If you've cut apples using an Ellison die-cut machine, save the outside "frame." For an "instant" apple, put the "frame" on top of the tissue paper collage. If you want these to have a "stained glass" look, collage the tissue squares on a sheet of wax paper, trim and hang in the window.
Another quick & easy craftivity your students can do, to reinforce the concept of 3D, as well as the fact that apples come in 3 colors, is to have them make an apple pencil topper.
I call these apple twirlers, because you can rub the pencil between the palms of your hands and make the apple twirl.
To make one, run off the apple template on red, green and yellow construction paper. Students trim their apples, fold them in half and then glue each half together til they have a 3 dimensional apple, whose "faces" are red, green and yellow. This is a teachable "fraction" moment, to cover the terms "whole" and "half." While the glue is still wet, students slide their apple onto the top of their pencil. Click on the link to view/download the Pencil Apple Twirler.
A spin off of this activity, is a tri-colored apple paper chain. Instead of putting their apple on top of a pencil, students add a seed center to each face, punch a hole at the base, make a yarn loop and attach yellow, red and green paper chain links. Review an ABC-ABC pattern with your students, as well as odd and even numbers.
They can make their chains as long as they have time for. Older students can write an apple fact on each one of the strip before they link them up. Click on the bolded link above to view/download this craftivity.
Finally, to add a bit of pizzazz to your apple cut-outs, and help students strengthen their finger muscles, use a hand held crinkler, to give papers the look of corregated cardboard.
You can buy these rollers at any hobby store. They retail for around $18, but watch for weekly 40%-50% off coupons and get one then.
Students simply insert their paper into the roller and crank away. My Y5's LOVED doing this, and nick named the machine "Mr. Cruncher Muncher." Click on the link for the pattern.
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