Shannon Martin

Apple Unit- September 2009

* The apple unit was designed as an inquiry based unit. It incorporates all areas of the curriculum, with a focus on science. The unit is 9 days long and includes one culminating activity, a field trip to the Apple Orchard. Many of the worksheets have been created specifically for the curriculum at Willow School and are differentiated to help all students experience success.

Grade Level- Kindergarten

Subject Areas: Social Studies, Reading, Math, Writing, Math, Science, Fine Arts How do apples grow? What can apples be used for/What products? What does an apple tree look like year round?

Essential Question: How do apples grow?
Unit Questions
Books

Supplies
Chart paper, construction paper, crayons, glue, scissors, pencils, journals, apples, apple peeler/corer, playdough (apple), containers, clipboards, binding combs, large tub for (sink or float), tissue paper, wax paper, copies of worksheets, and homelinks

Technology
Computer, printer, digital camera, laminator, overhead projector, TV, VCR, Johnny Appleseed video

Materials Required

Big Red Apple, The Apple Pie Tree, Johnny Appleseed, Ten Apples on Top, The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree, Apple Picking Time, Apples

Before Learning Activities
Assessments Discussion Questioning KWL Chart

During Learning Activities
Observation Questioning Continual Development of KWL Chart

After Learning Activities
Questioning- Graph Interpretations KWL Chart Worksheets, Journals, and Rubrics

Accomodations

All work that has differentiated Tiered Learning components (almost all worksheets) are in Red Bold Faced Fonts Journals have different levels Highly capable students have some choice options

Reading Activities
Apples Book (recall apple facts)/Apple Webquest Task 1 Predictable Charts with corresponding Class Books (I like ___ apples.) (Apples are ___.) Shared Reading- A-P-P-L-E & Apple Tree The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree (season sort)/ Apple Webquest Task 2 The Apple Pie Tree (brainstorming ideas)/ Apple Webquest Task 3 Apple Vocabulary Johnny Appleseed book and Kidpix creation

Math Activities
Apple Graph/Apple Graph Teacher Survey (Tasting) Weighing Apples (pan balance) Counting Apple Seeds (Extension Activities (number sentences and stories) Ten Apples on Top Class Book Sorting Apples and Comparing Apples by Size Apple Patterns and Worksheet

Writing Activities
Apple Journal Predictable Charts with corresponding Class Books (I like ___ apples.) (Apples are ___.) Apple Colors Booklet Ten Apples on Top Class Book Apple Adjectives

Social Studies Activities
Discussion about farmers and an apple orchard Needs and Wants (farmer) Long Ago (Johnny Appleseed)

Science Activities
Comparing Apples (Taste) Apple Investigations Sink or Float Apple Pie Playdough (Extensioncreate your own apple recipe)

Fine Arts Activities
Apple Tree (seasons) Apple Prints Stained Glass Apples Apple Playdough (student’s will be encouraged to create words they know. Gifted students will write the words they create).

Connections Between Home & School

Creating a family apple tree Field Trip (call for chaperones)

Shannon Martin

Apple Unit Differentiated Lesson Plan
Apple Journal Writing IL State Goal 3A (Write to Communicate for a variety of purposes) Essential Skills
Write in a complete sentence Write on lined paper Simple Sentence to match picture

Lesson Title Subject Standards Curricular Connection Objective Assessments Accommodations Materials

Students will write and illustrate in their own apple journal. Pre- observation to determine journal readiness level Post- Writing Rubric Checklist 3 Different Levels of Apple Journals (Below Level- no lines, On Level- lines, Above Level- lines and editing checklist) Journals, crayons, pencils, spacers, and Good Writers poster Day 1Review the Apple Graph and the Apple Predictable Chart (Whole Class) Review Good Writers poster. Review how to use our tools. (Whole Class) Have students work on their covers and first page of Apple Journal. Meet with students to discuss writing (Individual) Have students pair share their work. (Partners) Ask for students to share their work with the class. (Whole Class) Day 2Read the Book Apples (Whole Class) (Learning option for gifted…complete task one of Apple Webquest followed by Apple Journal) Review Good Writers poster. Review how to use our tools. (Whole Class) Discuss how there is a prompt on their second page. Brainstorm apple facts from the book. Instruct students that they will be writing apple facts. Meet with students to discuss writing (Individual)

Sequence of Activities

Have students pair share their work. (Partners) Ask for students to share their work with the class. (Whole Class) Day 3Read the Book The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree (Whole Class) (Learning option for gifted…complete task two of Apple Webquest followed by Apple Journal) Review Good Writers poster. Review how to use our tools. (Whole Class) Discuss how there is a prompt on their third page. Create a 4 square chart for the seasons of an apple tree from the book. Instruct students that they will be writing about apple trees. Meet with students to discuss writing (Individual) Have students pair share their work. (Partners) Ask for students to share their work with the class. (Whole Class) Day 4Read the Book The Apple Pie Tree (Whole Class) (Learning option for gifted…complete task three of Apple Webquest followed by Apple Journal) Review Good Writers poster. Review how to use our tools. (Whole Class) Discuss how there is a prompt on their fourth page. Brainstorm things that come from apples and create a chart to display. Instruct students that they will be writing about apple products. Meet with students to discuss writing (Individual) Have students pair share their work. (Partners) Ask for students to share their work with the class. (Whole Class) Day 5Review Good Writers poster. Review how to use our tools. (Whole Class) Discuss how there is not a prompt on their final page. Discuss what students would like to write about (it can be anything they choose). Meet with students to discuss writing (Individual) Have students pair share their work. (Partners) Ask for students to share their work with the class. (Whole Class) Day 6Meet with students to go over their rubric.

Reflection

Shannon Martin

Apple Unit Differentiated Lesson Plan
Apple Patterns Mathematics IL State Goal 8A (Patterns) EDM Goal- Extend a pattern Students extend apple patterns (Below Level- AB, On Level- AB and AAB, Above Level- all) Pre- Observations using paper apple cut outs to determine worksheet level Post- Apple Pattern Worksheet 3 Different Levels of Apple Pattern Worksheets Paper Apple Cut outs (on red, green, and yellow paper), sentence strips, worksheets, overhead projector, overhead transparency of worksheets, overhead markers, pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue Arrange a long chain of cut out apples, ask student’s if anyone can create a pattern.(Whole Class) Allow students to come up and show patterns. (Whole Class) Have students practice making patterns using cut outs. (Individual) Have students work with group and create apple patterns on sentence strips. (Small Group Practice) Have groups show their work and explain their patterns to the class. (Whole Group) Use the overhead to demonstrate effective strategies in completing the worksheet. (Whole Class) Have student’s complete the worksheet. (Individual Practice/Assessment)

Lesson Title Subject Standards Curricular Connection Objective Assessments Accommodations Materials

Sequence of Activities

Reflection

Shannon Martin

Apple Unit Differentiated Lesson Plan
Apple Survey, Graphing, and Presentation for Gifted Students Mathematics IL State Goal 8B (Interpret and describe numerical relationships using tables, graphs, and symbols.) IL State Goal 10A & B (Organize, describe, and make predictions from existing data.) (Formulate questions, design data collection methods, gather and analyze data, and communicate findings.) Essential Skill &EDM (Performs data collection and graphing) Students will make predictions based on existing graph. Students will perform a survey, collect data, and analyze their findings. Students will create a graph. Students will present their findings. Pre- Observations during apple whole group apple tasting and graphing activity to determine which students can participate. Post- Apple Graph and Presentation. Self Assessment Paper Apple Cut outs (on red, green, and yellow paper), sentence strips, worksheets, overhead projector, overhead transparency of worksheets, overhead markers, pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue Arrange a long chain of cut out apples, ask student’s if anyone can create a pattern.(Whole Class) Allow students to come up and show patterns. (Whole Class) Have students practice making patterns using cut outs. (Individual) Have students work with group and create apple patterns on sentence strips. (Small Group Practice) Have groups show their work and explain their patterns to the class. (Whole Group) Use the overhead to demonstrate effective strategies in completing the worksheet. (Whole Class) Have student’s complete the worksheet. (Individual Practice/Assessment)

Lesson Title Subject Standards Curricular Connection Objective

Assessments Materials

Sequence of Activities

Reflection

Shannon Martin

Apple Unit Differentiated Lesson Plan
Johnny Appleseed (An extension lesson for gifted and talented students) Reading IL State Goal 5A (Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems, and communicate ideas..) IL State Goal 5C (Apply acquired information concepts and ideas to communicate in a variety of formats..) Comprehension and Research Students will read The Johnny Appleseed book. Students will create slides in KidPix to make into a book to share with the class. Pre- Running Record to determine the student’s that are at the book’s reading level. Post- KidPix Book Creation Johnny Appleseed book, a computer, a printer, paper, KidPix, a binding machine, and binding combs Eligible students will read the Johnny Appleseed book during regular reading instruction time. Students will work on creating slides in KidPix that retell the story including main ideas to share with the class. Student’s will print their book and assemble it (with help for binding). Student will read their book aloud to the class. Student will answer any questions the class has.

Lesson Title Subject Standards Curricular Connection Objective Assessments Materials Sequence of Activities Reflection

Shannon Martin

Apple Unit Differentiated Lesson Plan
Apple Adjectives (An extension lesson for gifted and talented students) Reading IL State Goal 5C (Apply acquired information concepts and ideas to communicate in a variety of formats..) Research and Production Students will create a poster of Apple Adjectives to present and display within the classroom. Pre- Observations during apple whole group apple tasting and graphing activity to determine which students can participate and students that have been observed or leveled (running record) with a high ability to read and write. Post- Apple Adjectives poster Construction paper apple, all items from the Apple Graphing Activity, and markers Upon completing the Apple Graph Teacher Survey, student’s will create a poster in the shape of an apple. Student’s will review words that the teachers used to describe the apple and write them on their shape. Students will present and display their Apple Adjective Poster to the class.

Lesson Title Subject Standards Curricular Connection Objective Assessments Materials Sequence of Activities Reflection

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