I know I'm late in posting this, as September has gone by faster than its usual speed of light for me, but I wanted to finish up with apples, before I move on to other fall-themed units.
I figure apples fit well with my harvest theme for October, so I usually throw in a few extra apple activities that I didn't have time to cover earlier. It's also great to compare and contrast apples with pumpkins too.
Any hoo, I had so much fun redesigning two of my all-time favorite life cycle of an apple crafts, and tossing in an emergent reader to round out the activities in my latest fall packet: Life Cycle of an Apple Activities.
I think you’ll love the versatility, as it’s appropriate for a variety of ages and levels, with lots of options.
The Life Cycle of an Apple emergent reader, is great non-fiction practice that reinforces plenty of sight words, as it includes 31 from the Dolch word lists!
Picture prompts help with the other words.
I’ve included a color copy for teachers, as well as a student copy in black & white.
Children trace and write the life cycle words, read the simple sentences, color the pictures, then cut & collate the pages into a “just the right size” booklet.
There’s a template with 6 on a page, as well as one with 12 mini-pages on a one-page template, so that you have the option to make Itty Bitty booklets, that are a real paper-saver.
To assist with reading, review the life cycle of an apple, with the 8 colorful pocket chart cards.
I also made a bookmark-size template for your students.
The 2 apple craftivities also reinforce the life cycle. Nothing like a hands-on artsy activity to get your kiddos excited.
I’ve included a simple 4-section life cycle, as well as a more detailed one, with 7 sections. I feature both options in the photographs.
Completed projects look awesome dangling from the ceiling, as there is a front & back for each project.
Choose either the apple with a sweet fingerprint poem, or the equally adorable apple pie. Here's the poem:
"There's a star inside my apple! It's a miracle indeed, that a sweet and yummy apple was once a little seed. This one is extra special. It's made with TLC. The seeds are from my fingerprints, as you can plainly see."
I made the leaf 3D by folding an extra one in half then gluing it to the flat one. For that finishing touch, have students glue their school photo on the leaf.
The life cycle of an apple, on a small paper plate, covered with aluminum foil, also turned out really cute. I spritzed ours with apple-cinnamon air freshener! Our room smells fabulous!
The back of the "pie" has the life cycle, and the front features the "Life Cycle of an Apple" title circle. Since the apples end up in a pie, I thought I'd dangle a slice "Oh my! Apple pie." to complete the cycle.
I hope your kiddos enjoy doing these activities as much as mine did. An added bonus, is the wonderful compliments you’ll get from appreciative parents, who’ll love this special keepsake!
Click on the link to pop on over to my little TpT shop to take a peek at this 33-pager: Life Cycle of an Apple Activities packet.
Speaking of FREEBIES, today's featured free item, is a fall-themed "Shapely Graphing" packet. Reinforce graphing, shapes and colors all in one worksheet! Can I get an Amen!?
The teacher's answer keys are in full color to save you a ton of time, while the student worksheets are in black and white.
It's the newest FREEBIE in my store; I thought it fit the blog today because it has an apple graph, then slides us into the rest of my fall themes: pumpkins, leaves and spiders. Click on the link above to grab it.
Well that's it for today. If March roars out like a lion or lamb, then September is bidding adieu like a beach ball.
It's a beautiful sunny day in the 70's, and time to take my poodle pup, Chloe, for a much-needed trot around the block. Wishing you a blessed week.
"Designers want me to dress like spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like spring. I feel like a warm red autumn." -Marilyn Monroe