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Apple Weeks start TOMORROW!! {plus TONS of Freebies!!!}
16 Sep, 2013. 10 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Autumn, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Hooray, hooray!! Our Apple Weeks start tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited!! I have TONS of fun things planned for us and I am excited to share them with you, too!

I just got a new Scentsy warmer that I LOOOVE! I did not buy it for our apple unit… but it fits perfectly! I bought it because it has a lid! I’m sure my students will think it is for our “apple weeks”… and that is okay with me! 

Tomorrow my students will walk up to our classroom and be welcomed by an apple orchard in our hallway. Friday afternoon, a group of fabulous parents came in to help me set up the apple trees and they are ready to welcome the students. {Now they just need the apples!}

Also, all the books on display in my library are now fall and apple themed and I got a new fall Scentsy smell!!
Whenever we start a new unit, I like to display a bunch of my picture books on the board to get the kids excited. They always want to know if they can please put them in their book boxes?!?! {I love building the enthusiasm!}

We will continue starting each day in our classroom working our way through my “September Writing” packet. This series is probably one of the best things I have ever made. It seriously helped my student’s handwriting last year tremendously and it already is working its “magic” this year. I love that students are working on more than one skill while they complete it and that they love doing it! This is win-win!

This week in our curriculum we are working on using graphic features which is perfect! So many of my non fiction apple books have labels and graphs and it ties in beautifully to this lesson! Also we are working on intonation while we are reading. To do this we will start our small groups reading Fry phrases quickly and with emotion.

We are also really working on our sight words. We will use “superspeed” reading to help us with this! If you have not heard of this, you can read my post about it here! 
We will practice spelling our spelling words with apple pie play dough.
We will dive head first into adjectives this week, too. We will practice using adjectives for size, smell, taste, and texture. Of course we will use “fall themed” items for this. 
On Monday, we will taste test apple cider and write down adjectives that describe it. On Tuesday, we will taste test honey and on Wednesday we will explore the inside and outside of an apple. (We will not taste them yet!) We will use adjectives to describe the inside and outside first! On Thursday, we will explore mini pumpkins and on Friday we will make applesauce in our classroom! 
By the end of the week, we will be experts at adjectives! I am going to try this new “interactive notebook thing” this week. I made some pages to try it out with adjectives and in my book clubs. Let me know what you think of them! I think this will be a great addition to my classroom! {Click on the words “interactive notebook” to download the pages!}
In guided reading groups my students will be reading different leveled “apple” books, we will play a really fun game called “Rotten Apples,” use the Fry phrases and the superspeed reading pages and work on phonemic discrimination. {PHEW!}
These are some of the books we will be working on this week! All of them came from Scholastic! 
During our centers this week we will be using my “Falling for Literacy Centers” pack. I love this pack. Not only does it spirally review all that we have been studying, but my students love the fun games that are included in it. 
Up for next week:
A visualizing center:
Students will explore these fall objects with their five senses and then write about what the object makes them think of.
They will sort apple sight words. (They even could put them in order based on the life cycle of an apple!)
They will sort CVC words.
They will sort Nouns and Verbs.
Sort rhyming leaves. 
and more! 
We also will make apple blossoms and apple prints. 
We sure will be busy!! I can’t wait. 
Remember, you can’t click on the links until you have downloaded the visual plans to your computer. Then you can click away and get taken to the freebies and centers!! 
I am linking up with Deedee again! 
I hope you have a great week! 
If you would like my “fall centers,” just click on the button below to get taken there! They are on sale until Tuesday!! 

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10 Comments
  1. Wow!!! Looks like a whole lotta apple fun will be happening in your classroom! SO AMAZING!!!! Love it all.

  2. Great post! I love the apple blossom project and the visualizing center! I might have to try them out in my room. Hope your apply week goes well!!
    Pam
    Mrspspecialties.blogspot.com

  3. There’s no link to download the visual plans.
    How do I download your visual plans?

    foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

  4. I wanna do these activities too! Fun, fun, fun!
    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  5. I wasn’t able to figure out how to download the visual plans. I absolutely love the way you have them set up so I definitely want to download them. Please help! millerls1@scsk12.org

  6. Kristen,

    This all looks amazing! :) Love that Scentsy warmer- it reminds me that I need to take some scents to school tomorrow to freshen up my room!
    And those trees are awesome! Have a great week!

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
    My TpT Store

  7. I’m totally going to miss our apple unit this year with our new curriculum! Looks like y’all will be having LOTS of fun!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

  8. Apple week is my favorite!! I love the trees and playdough!!

  9. Thank you so much for the freebie!! I teach Kindergarten and we are learning nouns and adjectives in our new reading series. It is so hard this early in the year. Since I am also doing apples this week, I think I will use your pages as whole group worksheets. We can use the line to write our answers on together in each box. Then, the parents will also understand what we were working on when they take it home because you have the label at the top :) I hope what I am doing with them makes sense :)
    I am very excited to try this!!!
    Michelle
    http://www.mrsscotese.blogspot.com

10 Comments

  • Wow!!! Looks like a whole lotta apple fun will be happening in your classroom! SO AMAZING!!!! Love it all.

  • Great post! I love the apple blossom project and the visualizing center! I might have to try them out in my room. Hope your apply week goes well!!
    Pam
    Mrspspecialties.blogspot.com

  • There’s no link to download the visual plans.
    How do I download your visual plans?

    foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

  • I wanna do these activities too! Fun, fun, fun!
    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  • I wasn’t able to figure out how to download the visual plans. I absolutely love the way you have them set up so I definitely want to download them. Please help! millerls1@scsk12.org

  • Kristen,

    This all looks amazing! :) Love that Scentsy warmer- it reminds me that I need to take some scents to school tomorrow to freshen up my room!
    And those trees are awesome! Have a great week!

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
    My TpT Store

  • I’m totally going to miss our apple unit this year with our new curriculum! Looks like y’all will be having LOTS of fun!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

  • Apple week is my favorite!! I love the trees and playdough!!

  • Thank you so much for the freebie!! I teach Kindergarten and we are learning nouns and adjectives in our new reading series. It is so hard this early in the year. Since I am also doing apples this week, I think I will use your pages as whole group worksheets. We can use the line to write our answers on together in each box. Then, the parents will also understand what we were working on when they take it home because you have the label at the top :) I hope what I am doing with them makes sense :)
    I am very excited to try this!!!
    Michelle
    http://www.mrsscotese.blogspot.com

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