Sunday, October 6, 2013

Learning All About Apples!

We had so much learning all about apples during our apple unit! My students are also doing so well at rotating and completing their centers independently while I am pulling reading groups.

At their math center, they wrote the room. This was their first time doing this and it was a HUGE hit!! They were so quiet walking around the room and they were so excited to 'hunt' for the different ten frames! 

At the writing center they are still working on labeling. For those that can't read just yet, they had to use their beginning sound knowledge to determine where there words went.

At the word work center, the children had to work collaboratively to piece the apples back together-matching upper and lowercase letters.

When they were finished they used the word work cards to write their apple words. I love these because they work for all levels. Some of my students can write a list and others can just write one word and illustrate it. Hopefully soon they will be able to use the words to write a sentence!

In science, they observed an apple and labeled the parts. 
I love when students go above and beyond and make their activity sheet look so cute :)
Then, we ended our apple week with a birthday party for Johnny Appleseed. We started the morning off with this cute FREEBIE from Donna at Peace, Love and Learning
We made our own Johnny Appleseed hats :)
and delicious apple trees!!! (with blue and orange apples of course)
 We played Apple Roll and Race. Why do kids love dice games so much??
These apple activities can be found in my apple unit on TPT
Now we are getting ready to start our bat unit!! I LOVE teaching this unit!!


  1. Love all your apple stuff :)

  2. Adorable! Do you allow noise in the classroom while your kiddies work? This is something I've always struggled with.....allowing them to talk while they work but avoid it getting too loud. We don't start working with groups until after January but I know I need to decide now!

  3. Great looking unit! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing your little ones matching the upper and lower case letter apples. Great fun!!!

    Granny Goes to School

  4. I love the ten frame hunt! What a great idea.
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  5. Do you have a TEN FRAME hunt pack that I can purchase? I love this idea!!!!

  6. Lori, I allow noise to a certain extent. For instance, in the centers that you see in this post--the only center that should really have any talking in the word work center where they are matching the apples together. Other than that, the other students should be working quietly. If they need to whisper to ask for help or a crayon, etc. then that is fine with me as long as it doesn't disrupt my reading group :)

    Lisa, email me and let me know what you are looking for exactly--just the apple hunt, or different themes, etc. and I will see what I can get do :)

  7. oh gosh such fun! Love the Johnny hats!
    Kindergarten Lifestyle

  8. My class just finished the Back to School Monster unit. They loved it. I saved the dice and spinner centers for last. They LOVED them! It was a great introduction to centers. It was great at teaching beginning K skills.