Apple Themes - more activities...
Apple themes are great for September and early October. Apples are abundant and usually a parent with a tree will donate a bag for free for class apple activities.
Caps For Sale
"Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina, is a terrific book to read as a follow up to 10 Apples Up On Top.
Instead of balancing apples up ont top, the peddler balances a stack of caps on his head.
The peddler in this folktale loses his caps to a tree of 16 chattering monkeys and must find a way to get them back. All the monkeys say is, "Tsz, tsz, tsz" and the peddler's frustration leads to the return of his caps.
Make a comparison Chart
Read the book to your students and then have them make a a comparison with "Ten Apples Up On Top". See a sample of a literature comparison chart on this page.
Beanbag stacking graph...
For more fun, provide beanbags and have the children count how many "caps or apples" they can balance on their heads. Graph the results.
Tip: When graphing results for activities like this, use dots instead of names. Some children will be sensitive to only being able to stack 2 or 3 beanbags while others can stack 5 or more.
Also available as a big book or with a CD...
Build number sense with "Ten Red Apples"
Pat Hutchins', Ten Red Apples, is a wonderful book for apple themes and contains rhyming, sing-song text and counts down from 10 as a the farm animals consume apples from a tree.
The book provides good illustrations counting down from ten apples to one apple on the tree.
"Ten red apples hanging on the tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee!
Horse came and ate one, chomp, chomp, chomp.
Neigh, neigh, fiddle-dee-fee.
'Horse!' cried the farmer.
Save some for me!'
For each verse, an animal takes its fruit, then moves to the right side of the spread, creating a cumulative visual effect. After the ninth animal helps itself to the tree's bounty, a sole apple remains for the farmer, but none for his wife, who hopes to bake a pie. I
Children love the repetitiveness of the story, the hear the animal sounds and chanting the ending, "Save some for me", along with their teacher.
Ten Red Apples- Countdown Activity
- Draw a simple tree on the chalk/white board and stick 10 apple cut out shapes so it looks similar to the picture on the cover of the book (see above).
- Print the number ten beside it.
- As you read the story have a different child remove an apple one at a time
- Have the child print or help them print the new number on the board.
- Leave the apples and tree shape up for the children to play with at center time
Apple Unit Products
Students love to try an apple peeler and corer. The machines can core, and slice apples, pears and potatoes and are made with a tool-grade cast aluminum frame and stainless-steel blades.
This machine is another classroom favorite. It saves peeling the apples and will turn a pot of applesauce with skin and cores into a creamy bowl of applesauce.
The kids love to watch the applesauce come through the sieve and plop into the bowl below. Use a glass bowl so students can see what's happening.
I let the students use this one with adult supervision. The pads make it easy to press down into the apple but prefer to have an adult present to make sure all fingers are safely out of the way.
Teach apple theme math with this wooden apple pie set... Kids like playing with this four piece wooden pie that has a removable top crust pieces, sliceable apple and knife, a pie server, pie plate and oven mitt.
This puzzle shows the development of an apple from seed to ripe apple. Puzzle layers include: plant flower, immature apple, mature apple, mature apple with apple seeds, 31 birch wood pieces make up 5 distinct jigsaw puzzle layers.
This is a kid-friendly calendar, children can write on the calendar with a dry erase marker and it wipes right off.