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Apple Activities for the Classroom

Apple Activities for the Classroom



I love teaching with a theme that gets my kids excited!  During our big "Apple Week" student engagement is at an all-time high and that is a powerful ingredient for student learning.  Here are five tried-and-true apple activities that have been favorites in my classroom. 

1. READ APPLE BOOKS
Gather as many as you can and make sure they are available to students throughout the week for whole class, small group, buddy, and individual reading.  Try to have a mix of fiction and non-fiction for variety.



2. CREATE A K-W-L CHART
Have your chart posted somewhere in a central place so students can easily refer to it.  Begin by having students write what they know about apples, and then what they might be wondering.  I like to use large square sticky notes for this and stick them right to my whiteboard.  As students learn more throughout the week they can add to the chart.  I also have my students keep their own personal copy (free one available here) in their desks.



3. HAVE AN APPLE TASTE TEST
Students love this!  There are a million different varieties of apples out there so I like to stick with trying three different colors of apples.  I usually pick up Granny Smith for green, Red Delicious for Red, and Golden Delicious for yellow.



4. GRAPH THE RESULTS
After students try the apples and pick the one they like best I have them come pick up a paper apple of the color they chose.  I have them stick it up in a bar graph layout and then we use this (free!) taste test paper to graph and discuss the results.







5. LEARN APPLE FACTS
Read a non-fiction book apples (or two or three) to your students.  They will be fascinated to learn new interesting facts about such an everyday object.  You can also sort out apple facts from opinions with this pocket chart activity available here.



6. SET UP APPLE CENTERS
I have my students do a variety of centers while I am meeting with guided reading groups.  During our themed weeks I like to put out some options that fit with the theme.  Some ideas (available here) include three digit addition or sight word building.





7. DO APPLE STAMP ART
This is a fun one!  Slice apples in half and insert a thick popsicle stick.  Put out paper plates of red, green, and yellow paint.  I gave my students a large sheet of paper and had them draw a background image before doing the stamps.  These turned out so fun!








8. APPLE SKIP-COUNTING
This is one of the first Pinterest freebies I ever discovered, haha!  I have my kids do it every year because it is great practice and they really enjoy it.  Click here for this freebie from Reagan Tunstall.





9. DO APPLE SCIENCE
Use this awesome and easy freebie to conduct some simple apple science experiments and get your kiddos thinking and hypothesizing.





10. MAKE APPLESAUCE
This is by far one of the most memorable days of first grade for my students...and it actually doesn't take as much effort as you'd think.  I plan to do a whole post on this and I will link it here when it is ready.



I hope you enjoy doing apple activities with your students!  If you are looking for an apple resource with lots of great activities, click here!

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Meet Bethany

Meet Bethany


Hey Everybody! It is the start of a new school year and I thought that, with one or two of you new readers, it would be the perfect time to share a little bit about myself.

I'm Bethany! I am a first grade teacher in beautiful Utah and I am on my seventh year of teaching. I can hardly believe it has been that long! I feel like every single day I am still learning something new and finding ways to be a better teacher. I love education and I love the sweet students that are entrusted to me each year.

Six years ago I married my high school sweetheart, James, and he is an artist/illustrator who works from his studio in our home. You can check out his stuff here. We have the sweetest little boy, Halvor, who is our entire world! I am always so excited at the end of the school day when I can go home and play with my little guy! He is everything!

In my spare time I love hanging out with my family, building towers with my baby boy, reading, hiking, baking, quilting, playing the piano, watching movies, or just doing whatever I want!

I hope that you are able to enjoy my blog and find a little something here that encourages or inspires you and your precious students! Happy Teaching!

Love, Bethany

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Under Construction

Under Construction





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Lucky Charms Graphing Freebie

Lucky Charms Graphing Freebie


Hello, friends!  I apologize for the silence on the blog as of late.  You see, I kind of had my first baby (hurray!) and am spending every waking moment with his darling little self.


Cute stuff, right?  He is the sweetest thing and James and I are just crazy about him. My six week maternity leave was full of cuddles and sleepy sweetness.

Unfortunately though real life has to set back in at some point and I am back at work.  It has been beyond hard, but while I am certainly missing my sweet baby, it has been nice to be with my sweet first graders again.  

This week we will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day and I've created a free little graphing activity that you are welcome to use if you like!  My students have always enjoyed sorting out their Lucky Charms, collecting their data, and representing it in a bar graph.  I hope that you and your students enjoy this as well!  


Click above, below, or HERE to download this activity for free!



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Halloween Number Handwriting {FREEBIE!}

Halloween Number Handwriting {FREEBIE!}


Hey friends! I've noticed this interesting trend in my life. As my pregnant belly gets bigger my blogging gets more and more sparse. I'm doing my best, but, you know, what can you do? This precious little baby likes to sap mom's energy!

I'm excited today to share a fun little Halloween freebie that I hope can be useful to you. My kiddos always seem to need a little nudge or a bit of TLC when it comes to number formation.  We often overlook number formation what with the glaring light of correct letter formation in our faces, but both are important.  We want our students to be able to clearly convey the numerals that represent quantities.


SO, in an attempt to snatch some motivation out of the Halloween buzz running rampant in my school, I created this handwriting packet.  The pages run from 0-10 and include modeled formation, opportunities for independent practice, and images that convey quantity.

Click HERE or on any of the images to snag it for free!  
Happy Halloween!


  

   






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Bethany Louise
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Hello Fall Centers!

Hello Fall Centers!


You probably noticed that things are a bit of a mess around here!  The blog is under construction for the next little while as it is receiving a bit of a facelift, but hopefully it won't take too long.  

I wanted to share a few screenshots from a recent project that has my students and I all excited!  I wanted to create some engaging and productive centers that are simple and easy to prepare.  With a baby on the way and a plethora of changes on my horizon, simplicity is what I am aiming for in each little realm of my life!

Here are a few pages from my Hello, Fall Centers packet.  All of the activities are Common Core aligned and come with simple instructions and suggestions.  If you are interested in this packet it will be on sale throughout the rest of the week!












Click here to purchase!

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