These lessons and activities
are some of my own, some I have gathered throughout my years of teaching,
and some I have borrowed from my 'cyber colleagues'. I hope you find them
T.L.W. describe (by drawing) the
visual physical properties of an apple.
1 apple per child (ask parents
to send in?)
1 small paper bag per child
1 piece of drawing or construction
paper per child, folded in half vertically
individual pencils, crayons, or
Ask each student to bring
in at least one apple from home. Place each apple in a small paper
bag and close. Ask students to describe their apple. "How big
is it?" "What color is it?" "What shape is it?", etc.
Distribute drawing paper and supplies. Instruct students to draw
their apple on the left half of the paper without looking back inside the
When finished, ask students
to take their apple out of the paper bag and look at it closely and compare
it to the one they drew. Next, ask them to put the apple on their
desks where they can look at it and draw it again on the right half of
the paper, looking at their apple as they draw.
After the second drawing,
ask students to share their drawings with the class . Encourage them
to share dialog describing the apples.
Note: This activity
will need to be started at least 2 weeks prior to presentation by
the teacher. It takes about 4 more weeks for the apple seeds to sprout.
You may want to do the first part of the lesson approx. 4 weeks prior to
beginning your Apple or Plant Unit, then return to it after the seeds have
had adequate time to germinate.
T.L.W. observe and describe (by
drawing) the parts of an apple seedling.
T.L.W. osbserve an apple plant
T.L.W. gain knowlege of the three
elements plants need to grow and live.
T.L.W. understand the term germination.
T.L.W. observe that there are
7 days in a week.
Preceeding presentation of the
initial lesson, you will need to collect several seeds from apples.
Allow these seeds to dry for about 2 weeks.
apple seeds (Do not use Yellow
or Red Delicious. They don't sprout.)
plastic zipper bags (2 or 3)
paper cups (1 per every 2 or 3
potting soil (enough to fill paper
paper, pencils, crayons, etc.
optional: observational journals
Show the dried seeds to the
students. Ask them if they believe the seeds will grow inside a cold
refrigerator. If they have some prior knowledge of what seeds need
in order to grow, they should say 'no'. Discuss and list what plants
need in order to grow and live. Explain that apple seeds sprout (germinate)
better when they are cold and moist.
Allow the students to help
you lay the seeds inside damp paper towels. Place these inside plastic
zipper bags and put in a refrigerator. Allow the students to help
decide how to remember when to take the seeds out of the refrigerator (mark
on a calendar, check off the days?).
Students may draw the seeds
andwite a few words about the experience. If keeping journals, add
After the seeds have saprouted,
let the students look at them through a magnifying glass and draw ( and
label?) what they saw. Be sure to draw their attention to the parts
of the seedling.
Help the students plant the
seedlings in paper cups filled with potting soil. Place them in a
sunny location and keep the soil moist. Periodically, have the students
add to their journals.
"Sink or Swim?"
1 clear container of water
3 or 4 apples
individual pencils, drawing paper,
crayons or markers
Place the apples and container
of water in front of the students. Ask them to predict what they
think an apple will do if placed in the water. Will it sink or float?
Distribute drawing supplies and ask them to ilustrate what they believe
After completion of the drawings,
place one apple in the container of water to discover what it will do (the
apple should float). Remove the first apple and place another in
the water. Did both apples float the same way?
Students can flip the drawing
paper over and record the way the two apples floated. Older students
might write a paragraph telling the procedure.
Before placing the apples in water,
help the students complete a class graph telling whather of not they think
the apple will float. After conducting the experiment, refer back
to the graph to see how many thought correctly.
Make mini booklets with a page
for each season. Draw what an apple tree looks like in each season. Q-tips
work great for making apples on the tree. Pink tissue paper makes nice