Bulletin Board: “The New Crop Is In!”

 Place each child’s photo in an apple that he/she 

 painted. I use Do-A- Dot bottles to allow the

 children to mix red, yellow, and green.




The Story of Johhny Appleseed by Aliki

Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple by A.H Benjamin

Apples by Gail Gibbons

The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

Big Red Apple by Tony Johnson

Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellog

Autumn is for Apples by Michelle Knudsen

How do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro

I am an Apple by Jean Marzollo

Apple Cider Making Days by Ann Purmell

Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nacy Elizabeth Wallace

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

"The Little Red House with No Doors and No Windows and a Star Inside" (story can be found at The Virtual Vine apple unit)- Retell the story using puppets. I made an apple that opens and reveals the "star" inside by folding red paper in half.







“Way Up High”

Way up high in the apple tree

Five little apples were smiling at me.

I shook that tree as hard as I could.

Down came the apples.

M-m-m-m, they were good!



Red and juicy, shiny, sweet,

Apples you’re so good to eat.

Crisp and crunchy, healthy too.

This core is all that’s left of you!


“Apple, Apple”
(“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” tune)

Apple, apple on the tree,

I know that you are good for me.

You are fun to munch and crunch

For a snack and for my lunch.

Apple, apple on the tree,

I know that you are good for me.



"Have You Ever Seen an Apple?"

("Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?" tune)

Have you ever seen an apple,

An apple, an apple?

Have you ever seen an apple that grows on a tree?

A red one, a yellow one,

A green one, a gold one.

Have you ever seen an apple that grows on a tree?



"Apple Seed"

("Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" tune)

I'm a little apple seed,

Peeking through.

Please help me

And I'll help you.

Dig me a hole

And hide me away.

And I'll be an apple tree

Some fine day.


"Johnny Appleseed"

("The Muffin Man" tune)

Do you know the apple man,

The apple man, the apple man?

Do you know the apple man?

He planted apple seeds.

He wore a pot upon his head,

Upon his head, upon his head.

He wore a pot upon his head.

His name was Johnny Appleseed.

John Chapman was his real name,

Was his real name, was his real name.

John Chapman was his real name.

But we call him Johnny Appleseed.





1.    Apple Faces Book:

Here is apple happy. (Draw happy face.)

Here is apple sad. (Draw sad face.)

Here is apple sleepy. (Draw sad face.)

Here is apple mad. (Draw mad face.)

Here is apple small. (Draw small apple.)

But in a pie he’s best of all! (Draw pie.)


2. Journals- "My favorite color apple is a

_______ one."





1.    Identify the number on each apple tree and place that amount of apple counters on it.

2.    Identify the number on each apple basket and place that amount of apple counters on it.

3. Identify the number on each apple and place that amount of gummy worms on it.

4. Estimate how many seeds are in an apple. Cut open apple and count to see.

5.    Estimate circumference of apple using yarn. Graph yarn too short, too long, and just right.

6.    Estimate how many apples will fit in a basket.

7. Weigh an apple and classroom objects such as a crayon, toy car, and wood block, to see which is heavier.

8. Graph how many apples tall each child is. Child lays on floor and Ellison apples or real apples are laid next to him/her.

9. Graph favorite color apple.

10.Graph apples by size or color.   







1.    Cut open apple to discover what is inside. Discuss what is the “star” of the apple.

2.    Make applesauce. Peel, core, and slice 10 apples. Place in a pot along with 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoon of sugar, and 2 tsp. of cinnamon. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes. Allow apples to cool and them mash in a bowl using a potato masher. Yields 15-20 servings.


3.    Apple Taste Test- Graph who likes and doesn’t like apples.

4. Sequence how an apple grows (seed, tree, blossom, apple) using picture cards. Making Learning Fun has a printable for an "Apple Life Cycle" paper plate project at  


  5. Apple Smile Snack- Core and slice apples. Give 

    each child a slice and have him/her spread

    peanut butter on it using plastic knife or popsicle

    stick.Then, add mini marshmallow "teeth".

6. Caramel Apple Slices- Melt a pound of caramel in microwave with water. Pour caramel over apple slices and let cool before eating.

7. Apple Oxidation Demonstration- Slice apple in half. Sprinkle lemon juice on one half and nothing on the other half. After an hour, show apples to children and explain the apple with the lemon juice had protection from oxygen, which turns cut apples brown.

8. Taste apple cider and/or apple juice.

9. Make caramel apples.






1.    Apple Buddies- Cut out apple pattern. Draw facial features and glue on limbs.              

2. Apple prints-Cut apple in half and push popsicle stick through it for children to paint with.

3. Paper Plate Apples- Paint plate red, green, or

   yellow. Glue on paper stem and leaf.

4. Tissue Paper Apple- Cover apple pattern with

    red, green, and yellow tissue paper squares.

    Cover lightly with diluted glue so tissue paper

     gets “shellached”.

7. Fingerprint Apple Tree- Children paint apples

    using fingerprints and red paint. Attach the

    following poem:

    These are special apples

    Hanging on this tree.

    I made them with my fingerprints.

   They are a part of me!

8. Paper Roll Apple Tree- Cut out green

   construction paper circle and paint red apples

   on it using fingerprints. Paint toilet paper tube

   brown and cut one slit on each side of one end.

   Slide circle into slits.

9. “The Seasons of an Apple Tree”_ Divide paper

    into 4 sections. Color tree trunks and 

    branches brown. Decorate a tree in each

    section as follows:

    Fall-red, yellow, orange tissue paper leaves

    Winter-cottonball snow

    Spring- pink tissue paper “blossoms”

              green tissue paper leaves

    Summer-green tissue paper leaves

              red  tissue paper apples

10. Basket of Apples- Children cut out brown

     construction paper basket and glue on to

     white construction paper. Children dip their

     fingers in red paint and press finger above

     basket to make red apples. Children create

     green and yellow apples the same way.

11. Stuffed Bag Apple- Stuff a paper bag with

     newspaper, twist top closed, and tie with

     twist tie. Paint bag below twist tie red,

     green, or yellow. Paint portion above twist tie

     brown. Staple on a green construction paper

     leaf with child's name written on it.

12. Johnny Appleseed Paper Bag Puppets- Draw

     face on puppet. Cut out and glue pot on top

     of head. Use felt squares and fabric scraps

     for clothing.

13. Johhny Appleseed hat-Cut gray construction

     paper in half length-wise. Measure around

     student's head and staple ends together. Cut

     out gray handle and staple to side of hat.

14. Apple with Handprint Stem- Child cuts out

     apple pattern and uses handprint to make

     stem and leaves.