Hi, and Welcome to my Apple Page.   Here you will find reading readiness and math activities to use with your Apple Thematic Unit.  I hope you find some of these ideas helpful and useful!  If you scroll to the bottom I have listed some apple recipes to use after you read the story The Little Red House With No Windows, No Doors and a Star Inside. ~Denise~
Apple Math
Ten Apples Up On Top
            by Theo Lesig

After reading Ten Apples Up On Top with my students I alway give them a large piece of construction paper (18"x 11") turned the "tall building" way.  I have each student draw a picture of his/her face at the bottom. I give each student 10 small apples numbered 1-10 to cut out.  The kids then glue the 10 apples in number order 1-10 on top of their head/face that they drew at the bottom of the page.

Order Ten Apples Up On Top Today!
Patterning Activities:
*Pattern red, yellow and Green apples.

*Pattern apples that have a stem and no stem.
Graphing Activities:
*Graph the number of  red, yellow and Green apples that the students brought to school.

*Graph the apples that have a stem and no stem.

*Have a tasting party and graph the types of apples according to student favorites.

*Graph favorite foods made with apples.
   (apple pie, applesauce, apple muffins,etc.)
Old Favorite

Way up high in the apple tree
All the little apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
Down came the apples,
Mmmm, were they good.

I make a large paper apple tree and we use numbered apple cut outs for a counting, number recognition activity by substituting the word All in the poem with a number of apples.  This is also a great introduction to addition an subtraction through 10 for those that are able to make that connection at such an early time in the kindergarten year.
I also use this poem for number recognition.

Ten red apples grow on a tree
Five for you and five for me
Let us shake the tree just so...
And ten red apples will fall below.

(Number 10 apples 1-10 to put on the tree.)
Johnny Appleseed Art
Students made an apple print to use as Johnny Appleseed's face and then added his body, seed bag and pot for his hat!  I pattern them in the hall
green, yellow, green, yellow.  It makes a cute display!
Reading Readiness
Copy this poem on big chart paper and read together.  Point out rhyming words, and cue in on specific letters and sight words and color words.
This is a little poem i use when we do apple star prints-

This little poem comes from Annmarie on the Teacher's Net Early Childhood Chat Board-

The Apple Star

Take an apple round and red
Don't slice down
Slice through instead
Right inside it you will see
A star as pretty as can be!

I have come across many versions of the "Little Red House With No Doors, No Windows, And A Star Inside"~~~~~~
This is a more detailed version and one of my favorites!
The Little Red House With The Star Inside

The Little Red House With The Star Inside


There was once upon a time a little boy who was tired of all his toys and, tired of all his play.

"What shall I do?" He asked his mother. And his mother, who always knew beautiful things for little boys to do, said, " You shall go on a journey and find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside. "

This really made the little boy wonder. Usually his mother had good ideas, but his thought that this one was very strange. "Which way shall I go?" He asked his mother. "I don't know where to find a little red house with no doors and no window." Go down the lane past the farmer's house and over the hill." said his mother, "and then hurry back as soon as you can and tell me all about your journey."

So the little boy put on his cap and his jacket and started out. He had not gone very far down the lane when he came to a merry little girl dancing in the sunshine. Her cheeks were like pink bloom petals and she was singing like a robin.

"Do you know where I shall find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" asked the little boy.

The little girl laughed "Ask my father, the farmer," she said. "Perhaps he knows."

So the little boy, went, on until he came to the great brown barn were the farmer kept barrel of fat potatoes and baskets of yellow squashes and golden pumpkins. The farmer himself stood in the doorway looking out over the green pastures and yellow grain fields.

"Do you know were I shall find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" asked the little boy of the farmer.

The farmer laughed too. "I lived a great many years and I never saw one." He chuckled, "but ask Granny who lives at the foot of the hill. "She knows how to make molasses, taffy and popcorn balls, and red mitten! Perhaps she can direct you."

So the little boy went on farther still, until he came to the Granny sitting in her pretty garden of herbs and marigolds. She was wrinkled as a walnut and as smiling as the sunshine. "Please, dear Granny," said the little boy, "Where shall I find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?"

Granny was knitting a red mitten, and when she heard the little boy question, she laughed so cheerily that the wool ball rolled of her lap and down the little pebbly path.

"I should like to find that little house myself." she chuckled. " I would be warm when the frosty night comes and the starlight would be prettier than a candle. But ask the wind who blows about so much and listens at all the chimneys. Perhaps the wind can direct you."

So the little boy took off his cap politely to the Granny and went on up the hill rather sorrowfully. He wondered if his mother, who usually knew almost everything had perhaps made a mistake.

The wind was coming down the hill as the little boy climbed up. As they met, the wind turned about and went along, singing beside the little boy. It whistled in his ear, and pushed him and dropped a pretty leaf into his hand.

"I wonder," thought the little boy, after they had gone along together for awhile, "if the wind could help me find a little red house with no doors and no windows a star inside."

The wind cannot speak in our words, but it went singing ahead of the little boy until it came to an orchard. There it climbed up in the apple tree and shook the branches. When the little boy caught up, there at his feet lay a great rosy apple. The little boy picked up the apple.

It was as much as his two hands could hold, it was red as the sun had been able to paint it, and the thick brown stem stood up as straight as a chimney, and it had no doors and no windows.

Was there a star in side? The little boy called to the wind, "Thank you," and the wind whistled back, You're welcome."

Then the little boy gave the apple to his mother. His mother took a knife (AT THIS POINT, START CUTTING AN APPLE CROSSWISE) and cut the apple through the center.

Oh, how wonderful! There inside the apple, lay a star holding brown seeds.

"It is too wonderful to eat without looking at the star, isn't it?" the little boy said to his mother.

"Yes indeed," answered his mother.

               Crock Pot PINK Applesauce

About 20 med. apples (any kind)* peeled and cored.
(Tip:  Use an apple slicer to cut and core the apples and then use a
      knife to quickly peel off the skin on the back of each wedge.)

2 Cups Sugar
(More or less to taste to your preference)

1/4 Cup Red Hots
(Gives it the pink color--a tip from my Grandma, Emmie Dull.)

*I always have each child bring 1 apple during apple week for patterning and graphing activities.  I use their apples on Friday to make applesauce.

Turn on the crockpot as soon as you get to school so it will be ready when the kids arrive to make the applesauce.  I read the "Little Red House Story" above and then we cut one apple to see the star.  I then make the apple sauce with the kids. Have the apples pre-cut and peeled and ready to go!

Add the apple slices to the hot crockpot. (They will not all fit at once so you may want to use 2 crockpots,
or wait until the apples have cooked up a bit and then add more to the pot.)  Add the
sugar and cinnamon candies. Stir.

While the applesauce cooks, our class makes an Apple Shape Book  about our favorite apple foods and I let each student come up and have a turn stirring the applesauce during this work time.  It takes about 3 hours to cook on HIGH.  I usually turn it off around lunch time and let it cool. It makes enough for about 20 children to have about 1/4 cup.  As always, some kids LOVE it and some kids don't. Either way, your classroom will
smell great ALL day!!   :o)

                                  Crock Pot Caramel Apples

16oz. bag caramel squares
1/4 cup milk
Apple wedges (skin may be left on or taken off) 1-2 wedges for each student.

Combine caramels and milk in crock-pot.

Cook on low for about 1 hour or until caramels melt and you have a thick dip.  Add more milk for a thinner dip.  Stir often.

Let student dip apple wedges in the caramel or drizzle the caramel on top of the apple wedges using a wooden spoon.

Great Apple books to order for your Apple Unit
To view more Apple Books visit the September Library
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Poem for Apple Thumbrint Pictures

These are Special apples,
Hanging on this tree,
I made them with my fingerprints,
They are part of me!
The Apple

I have a little apple,
red and round.
On a tree,
it is found.
If you take a bite,
You will see...
Just how tasty it will be!
~Picking Apples~
This poem was sent to me by my internet friend Dee Dee.  She teaches Kindergarten at Polk Elementary in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Thanks Dee Dee!

Picking apples

Picking apples

One by one

One by one

Put them in a basket

Put them in a basket

Oh, what fun!

Oh, what fun!
.                     Apple Faces Book

Here is apple happy.
                 Here is apple sad.
                 Here is apple sleepy
                 Here is apple mad.
                 Here is apple in pieces small.
                 But in a pie, he's best of all!

I prepare the book ahead of time, with the text typed at the bottom of the page.  For each page, the children will have a precut apple shape to illustrate the face, and then for the 5th page, the children can cut the apple into pieces and glue randomly on the page.  The last page is a pie for them to color.  The word "here" is a great sight word for the kids and after doing this for a week, they will all know that word. And, oh, you get "is" too.  I really like predictable sentences.  I have been reading some books about predictable sentences and I plan on using them a lot next year.  It seems a great way to teach those high frequency words.

~This great book idea comes from
Dee Dee at Polk Elementary in Baton Rouge, Louisiana~
Have  You  Ever  Seen  an  Apple?

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  golden  one.
Have  you  ever  seen  an  apple,
That  grows  on  a tree?

(Tune:  Have You Ever Seen a Lassie)
Sent in by Dee Dee~Polk Elementary
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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