This week is one of the best weeks of the entire school year. This week we get to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day and integrate apples into our classroom. Let’s break down TONS of teaching ideas and activities to help you to get ready for apple week with apple activities. And the best news is how HUGE of an update this apple unit received.
Getting Ready for Apple Week By Using Biographies
Johnny Appleseed Day is September 26th. What a fun way to use the idea of a biography in the classroom. I love to use this reader Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shephard this week. It is simple and easy to understand for little learners.
Another book you may want to check out here. This book may be slightly harder to find, so don’t overlook the Read to Read Johnny Appleseed reader by Jane Kurtz.
I created these freebie posters using the term Biography to aid in teaching about Biographies during this lesson.
Apple Number Recognition
Let’s start apple week with apple activities with a FUN math number recognition activity. After all, at the beginning of the year, simple is ideal. You can work on recognizing and writing numbers with these differentiated writing mats.
Check out this simple apple activity for number identification. Students use a number mat and color-coded apples. Students grab an apple and read the number. Next, they take a marker and color in the apple on the paper the same as the apple on the card. Another version of this recording sheet has a number writing option.
Colorful Apple Patterns
Check out this additional apple-themed patterning activity. Students can use apple mats to extend the pattern using apple pieces. I thought this would be easy but has been a slight challenge for my learners for the past few years. I believe this is because many times teaching and working with patterns have been not taught or practiced this activity often enough.
Color and Number Word Practice with an Apple Theme
Check out this teacher and student’s favorite apple activity! Work on number words and color words with this set of differentiated apple-themed mats. This version is the hardest and has the students drawing a line from the color word to something in the image that contains that color. Same with the number word.
Apple Writing Activity
Integrating writing with an apple theme is also a great way to integrate learning. Check out this word wall with many writing prompts. Students can write describing words or extend writing. You can snag so many writing options in this learning pack.
Integrating Phonics into Apple Activities
This apple tree-sounding-out mat is a ton of fun! There are 5 sounding-out mats and color-coded vowel pieces. Your little learners can lay down the vowels and work on sounding out the words. Next, your students can tell you which word is real or nonsense.
Apple Themed ABC Order Activity
A huge suggestion I have for any Kindergarten teachers is to constantly include an ABC center in their learning activities. I do at least one weekly and simply change the theme of it to make my learners interested. Since we are covering apples, why not put the ABCs on Apples for your students to place in order?
I have seen a huge growth in letter recognition and sound recognition by doing these activities week after week. Additionally, I have found that more students retain the information I have taught them when they are constantly using it in a spiral review. Lastly, this is a great way to introduce and accelerate learning for those letters or sounds you haven’t covered just yet.
Another way to extend this learning is to sound out CVC words and match them to the correct picture. One group can be working on letter and sound matching, while another group can work on CVC word building.
Simple Apple Printable
Sometimes you just need a simple apple printable to review skills that have been taught. Check out this letter and word sorting printable.
I also LOVE to make apple pies and homemade apple sauce this week. Food is a great way to have fun with apple week with apple activities. If time permits, I also like for my students to taste apple butter and apple cider. We love to taste different types of apples and then graph our favorite ones. You can check out this info here.
And don’t forget the ART
I hope these ideas spark learning fun for your classroom this week. 🙂
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