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More Apples and Johnny Appleseed Day!
27 Sep, 2013. 3 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Autumn, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Oh wow! What a whirlwind this week has been. My students have amazed me this week. They have worked so hard and have learned so much. {and we’ve had a BLAST doing it!}

In Math we were focusing on the commutative property and really nailing down our understanding of addition. My students have loved every.single.second of math this week. They even applaud when it’s math bin time! As an extension to our learning, we made apple cores.

To do this (and incorporate math) I had my students cut out their paper plates and sponge paint them. (There was no template, I told them to cut up the sides and make it look like the core of the apple.) With the two left over pieces, they painted them green and we cut them into leaves.

After the paint dried, I gave each child a die and had them roll it to determine how many seeds their apple would have.  They then had to decompose their number and record one fact and the “flip flop fact” on sentence strips.

They wrote their facts first in pencil and then once I checked their work, they were allowed to trace their number sentences with a black marker. 
Then I hung them up on our “good work” board. They look great displayed! 
In Guided Reading and Science we read quite a few apple books and dug deep into understanding the life cycle of an apple. Some of our favorites were: 
 We created beautiful apple blossoms and then hung them up in our hallway “apple orchard.” My students beam with pride when fellow students and teachers comment on how pretty their apple blossoms look! They are more than willing to share what they know about them, too! 
      
In our journals we wrote about the life cycle as well. I hung up a few of our entries in the hallway. 
After we read this book,
we created apple prints with the answer to the riddle. My students LOVED this book and the activity that followed! 
We painted our favorite types of apples and hung them up as well. 
 Today to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day, my students came dressed up as Johnny. {pots and all! ;)} My principal got a KICK out of seeing all the first graders dressed up!
We made Johnny pots hats. (black construction paper square, black construction paper rectangle, apple, ‘sign,’ and a sentence strip)
 We worked hard today, too! 
We are busy writing our first reports in first grade all about Johnny. Tomorrow I will conference with my students and they will begin their final copy.  They are really excited because I am going to laminate these reports for them! 
 In the afternoon we had 4 apple stations. We measured apples with unifix cubes,
we taste tested apples and ate caramel apples.
 we determined if apples sink or float, 
and weighed apples using our scale and blocks.
 At each station, we recorded our findings!
It has been a fantastic {busy} week!!

 During our afternoon, one of my parent volunteers snapped this picture during our read out loud time. No, this is not all my students; however, it is a glimpse into what it looks like in action! (with me in it– eeeek!)

Next week we dive into SPIDERS!!! This weekend I will tell you more about it! I hope you are all enjoying your week. Tomorrow is FRIDAY!! :) 

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3 Comments
  1. Oh my goodness! They look adorable all dressed up!
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

    karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

  2. I really just want to come sit in your classroom! You are such an awesome teacher

  3. Wow! You have amazing pictures (and such fun projects)! Feel free to add this post to my linky since it has math in it : )
    Wishing you continued success with all those fun learning activities!
    ~Lucy
    Kids Math Teacher

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  • Oh my goodness! They look adorable all dressed up!
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

    karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

  • I really just want to come sit in your classroom! You are such an awesome teacher

  • Wow! You have amazing pictures (and such fun projects)! Feel free to add this post to my linky since it has math in it : )
    Wishing you continued success with all those fun learning activities!
    ~Lucy
    Kids Math Teacher

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