Late summer into early fall is a great time to learn about apples with your kindergarten students. Students love talking about apples, and there are so many apple activities for kids that you can do easily in your classroom. Even better, when doing an apple unit, you can address several content areas seamlessly!
Writing About Apples
There are so many ways to incorporate fun writing activities for kids into an apple unit. One of my favorite things to do is have an apple tasting in my classroom. Each student can try a slice of red, green, and yellow apples. Then, they can write about which type of apple was their favorite.
Students can also share their opinions about different apple treats through writing. Apple sauce, apple juice, or even apple cider could be brought in and sampled so that students could write about if they do or do not like specific things made from apples. Overall, writing about apples can be a great way to get students sharing their opinions through writing, while also giving them some hands-on experience connected to what they will be writing about.
Apple Science and STEM
As with writing activities, there are many different science activities for kids that can be done in a classroom involving apples. For one, an apple unit can be a great time to reinforce what students learned in a Five Senses unit. Because apples are edible, students can use all five senses to explore this one object, and then record their observations.
Learning about apples is also a great time to talk about plants, life cycles, and labeling/using diagrams. In my Everything Apples product on TpT, I include straightforward pages for all of these activities so that your students can label the life cycle and parts of an apple themselves.
In my apple unit, I also provide several ideas for STEM projects, including materials lists, directions, and pictures. One of the ideas is an apple volcano. Your students will love figuring out how to make an apple “erupt” using only vinegar and baking soda, and you will love seeing your students putting their problem-solving skills to the test!
Apple Literacy and Math
An apple unit is also a great time to bring in early literacy and math skills for your students. Because there are so many great apple books to choose from, you could easily introduce or reinforce the differences between fiction and nonfiction books at this time. After reading books like Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss, and Apples by Gail Gibbons, it is easy for students to see that one book told a story, while the other shared facts and information.
When doing math in an apple unit, you can bring in real apple seeds to count or find apple erasers that students can use as manipulatives. Learning about apples also provides really great opportunities for talking about graphing and reading graphs. You can graph and compare how many students liked each kind of apple the best, especially if you do the apple tasting activities mentioned above.
My Everything Apples Unit provides even more literacy and math activities, including counting apples worksheets, apple math centers, and apple literacy centers for practicing letters, rhyming, and more!
Learning about apples early in the school year seems like such a staple for kindergarteners and other young learners. Students always love the different hands-on apple activities, and teachers love that students can complete fun activities while still covering all content areas. These ideas will hopefully help you kick off your apple unit and get your students excited about learning!