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Duckling Doings: A is for Apple

September 21, 2011

Last week we learned all about A, big A and little a. And what begins with A? Apple! Obvious, I know, but still fun! Here’s what we did:

Reading: We read Pick Me an Apple by Shelley Rotner, to learn about different kinds of apples and how apple seeds grow into apple trees and make more apples. Then we read Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend, and talked about what a legend is, and how John Chapman traveled across the USA planting apple trees. We also read Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSeig, for a little math and silliness.

Action Poetry: This year we are memorizing a new (very short) poem every week. Each poem has motions and movements to help with memorization and make it more fun for the kids. This week our poem was about apples, of course.

Eat an apple (make motion like eating an apple, and munching sound)

Save the core (hold up fist like an apple core)

Plant the seeds (pat the ground like planting seeds in soil)

And grow some more (reach hands up and out like a growing tree)!

Math: I made sequencing cards and had the kids work in teams of two, taking turns putting the cards in order. This could also be a game – let the kids race to see who gets the cards in order fastest, or take turns each one putting one card up until all the cards are in the right order.

Art: We did two apple related art projects. First we made apples with thumbprint seeds in the middle. This is a simple, quick project, so I also had the kids make their own set of sequencing cards to take home. We put a little pocket on the back of our apple and tucked the sequencing cards in the back.  For our second project we glued a printed version of our poem onto a piece of construction paper and made red, yellow, and green apple prints on the paper. This is a fun opportunity to talk about how apples can be different colors, and how the seeds in the middle look like a star when you cut an apple in half. (Sorry no pictures of this project…)

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  1. Rose permalink
    September 21, 2011 8:39 am

    I just did the poem with motions as I was reading! I bet those little cuties love you!

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