Thursday, September 26, 2013

Apples, Apples, Everywhere- Part 2

Well, I can say it has been an eventful week so far. How about for all of you?

I'm finally getting the chance to finish my post about our Apple Unit. I last left off, we worked on Adjectives for Apples and using them in a sentence. During the week, we also worked on "How To" writing. We made crockpot applesauce and made a "How To" book on the process. I sat all the students down on the carpet and we took turns adding in the ingredients. Silly me, forgot to take pictures of them adding in all the ingredients so I only got the end picture.

Here is the recipe in case you want to make it.
10 apples peeled, cored, and cut into pieces
1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
1 cup Sugar
1 cup of water
1. Place apples into crockpot.
2. Sprinkle on sugar.
3. Sprinkle on ground cinnamon.
4. Add 1 cup of water.
5. Cook on high for 4-6 hours.

My room smelled heavenly while this cooked all day. After putting the ingredients in we started our "How to" book. It took us three days to complete. we added a little each day. The first day, we completed the cover, ingredients page, and the first two direction pages. Here is what the book looked like. throughout the week.
At the end of the day, I served the applesauce to them. Many of them decided they didn't want it at first but then when they saw the others eating it, they changed their minds. I got many compliments. "This is soooo good." "Your the best cook in the world." Haha! Got to love them. Many of them said they liked this applesauce better than the store bought.
Now on to the centers for the week. Here is just a sampling of some of the centers we did.
Label It: Apples
We completed this together in whole group, but the students had to reference it at centers and complete their own. The copy they had also has a word bank.
Pocket Chart Sentences:
My students had to work with partners to create sentences in the pocket chart then record them onto their recording sheet. (I model it at the beginning of the week and this is always a big hit with them.)
Apple Sentence Scramble:
My students take a set of cards and match the pictures together. Then they must unscramble the cards to make a sentence for each set.
I also had Write the Room, Apple Life Cycle Sequencing, Applelicious Rhymes for literacy centers and several Math Centers such as, Roll and Cover (greater than version), Apple Patterning, and Bushels of Apples- Missing Numbers.
For some reason, these pictures got deleted from my phone when I did an update so I don't have many pictures of them. : (
We also made this cute Apple Tree Craft with their handprints. I LOVE how they turned out. Super Cute!

Here is my Apple Unit with the activities above, except the craft.

Have a good day everyone! Comment and let me know what you think. I will choose one lucky person who leaves a comment to get the unit free. Comment by Sunday, September 29th.



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Apples, Apples, Everywhere- Part 1

It has been awhile since I last posted. I came down with the first illness of the year. Ugh! Get this it's still lingering. Double, ugh! My daughter also caught the bug as well. She started school and has a slight ear infection that she got from her previous cold. I'm happy that we caught it early. Besides myself being sick, I have had many of my students out sick as well. Have any of you had the same? Well, I made this little freebie to attach to my makeup work for my students. I usually copy it onto purple paper and attach it to the front of the packet. I list all of the items that need to be completed on the front for the parents. Click below to snag the freebie to use in your classroom.

This past week, we have been learning about apples. I always start off the unit with a poem. This was the poem for this week. After we read it together, they place it in their poetry books and illustrate the poem.

We also read many different books about apples. We created Anchor Charts to go with what we learned.

(We used this chart to help us with one of our centers.)
We read "Johnny Appleseed" by Steven Kellogg and charted some of the things that we learned onto this circle map.
Here are some of my students working hard filling out their graphic organizers on Johnny Appleseed as I modeled charting it for them.
We also worked on sensory words or adjectives for apples. I had my students tell me adjectives for apples and I wrote them on sentence strips which they glued to a big apple chart I made.
We then worked on writing sentences about apples using some of the adjectives from the chart.

That's it for now folks. I am off to take my daughter to Disney On Ice. I'll be back later with the rest of my Apples Unit.