Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Apples, Apples, Applesauce

I know I am delayed getting this post up about last week.  I was insanely busy this weekend and just didn't have time to do it.

Last week we talked about apples.  We discussed the colors of apples, where they grow and what is inside them (seeds) when we cut them open.  We also talked about different things that are made from apples that we like to eat.  Applesauce and apple juice were clear favorites but we did get responses for apple pie, apple cake and apple cider.

The MWF class colored a book about apples.  It covered those exact things of what colors are apples, what the seeds look like inside and what their favorite apple food is.


Ms. N did an activity with the TTH class about apples.  She had them sort them by color first.  She also had them weigh them and sort them into groups.  Ms. N also asked them how they should sort them.  They chose to weigh them by color, then weigh all the heavy ones again.  They chose to weigh any apples they wanted.  They even tried weighing multiple apples in a bunch.

We also did apple crafts with each class.  The MWF class marble painted paper with either yellow, green or red.  The kiddos chose what color apple they wanted to make.  Here are step by step instructions on how to marble paint:  (1) Gather your supplies you will need: a large bin with a lid, marbles, tape and paper; (2) Tape the paper to the bottom of the bin; (3) Add a splash of paint to the paper, plus about 3-4 marbles; (4) Put the lid on the bin and SHAKE every direction.  They had so much fun shaking the bin around to paint their apples.

The TTH class made construction paper apples.  They chose what color they wanted and then glued the torn pieces onto a paper plate.

The MWF class also did an "Apple Coloring" paper where they had to color the apples the correct colors  based on what letter (F, A or a) was on the apple.  Most of them did very well with this, a few had a hard time.  You can get this paper at TeachersPayTeachers.

We continued our Phonics Booklet in the MWF class also, covering the letter Aa.  The kiddos picked pictures such as apples, alligator, astronaut, ant, axe and Angry Birds.

On Thursday and Friday, we made applesauce.  The kiddos each got to put slices of apples into the blender, which they were so excited about.  I added the rest of the ingredients and mixed it up.  Each of the kiddos got a bowl of it to taste.  The TTH class liked it a lot and the MWF class was about 50/50.  The MWF class also tasted each color of apple, talked about them (sweet, sour, juicy, hard, soft, etc) and then graphed their favorite color.  Red won by 2 kiddos and green and yellow tied.

2 green apples, peeled and chunked
2 yellow apples, peeled and chunked
2 red apples, peeled and chunked
Water (about 1 cup)
Cinnamon (about 1 tsp)
Sugar (about 1/4 cup or less)

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix.

Super easy recipe and the kiddos enjoyed making it!

Finally, we updated our classroom door for fall/Halloween.  It is a girl scarecrow.  The kiddos kept calling it a cat, until they saw the door shut and got the whole picture :)

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