Monday, October 03, 2005

the apples of my eye

My kiddos are truly wonderful this year. I'm still at only 19, and they're just so well behaved. Part of that is because of me, I know. I spent the first two weeks of school "training" them to self-manage. And part of it is them. They're a small group, and they're not too rowdy. So it's a nice balance. Because of that, I'll be able to get a lot of work done with them, as well as all sorts of fun projects.

To that end, we spent last week learning about Johnny Appleseed. Last week we had an apple taste test. We tried (clockwise) Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Braeburn.



The taste test was a huge hit, and the clear favorite was the Granny Smith. There's just something about first graders and that "sour apple" taste. :)


After we tasted them, we heard the story about the star hidden inside an apple. (Slice across instead of down to see it!)


Today we did some math with apple-flavored cereal. (No name brands for this Catholic school teacher!)

Is there any better way to learn subtraction? Every time we had to "take away," we got to eat some cereal!


So that's it for now. I just figured after all the bitching I did about Back to School Night, you'd like to read about something more positive. :)

3 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hi, Dree. We did Johnny Appleseed last week too! We do apple and apple product tasting activities including graphing our favorite apple. Granny Smith has won every year with my 2nd graders. Isn't it great to be able to have fun with your class? I live for those days. At the end of this week we're making an edible map to wrap up our geography unit. It's soooo fun. :) I'll post about it on my blog over the weekend.

MandyGirl said...

The kindergarten team did Johnny Appleseed last week as well. I was just wondering if you used any music or know of any related music? I couldn't really find anything that I already have in my classroom for Johnny Appleseed.

An Educational Voyage said...

Your blog is delightfully refreshing. This post is simply yummy. I particularly enjoy the photos of your classwork! Your students are so lucky to have you this year.

A responder to this post was interested in some additional apple resources so here are a few:

http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/apples
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems23.html
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8854/apples.html
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8854/apples.html
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/apples/">http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/apples
http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/apples/apple_songs.htm
http://atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Apples
http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/apples/songs.htm
http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/apples/songs.htm
http://www.alphabet-soup.net/dir2/apple.html
http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/a049.html

Keep up the great hard work. I look forward to reading future updates!

JRY
An Educational Voyage