Thursday, October 6, 2011

Our Apple Unit!

We had so much fun this week, and I took a TON of pictures! Let's start with what's on the shelves.
Above is: bucket of apple pie spice playdough, apple puzzle, Kyla's workboxes (with apple coloring sheets), apple sequencing, apple lacing, red strips for cutting which we then used to make an apple collage.
On the other shelf: Keanan's workboxes (we did some apple life cycle and other related things), apple slicing (this is the first thing he did each day!), apple fraction cards, fake apple transfer with tongs, apple math, cinnamon stick grating (he loved this), and measuring practice with beans (to get ready to make our apple pie on Friday!)
All of this was inspired by the book "How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World".  In it the main character wants to make an apple pie, but the market is closed.  So she travels the world collecting the best ingredients instead!  The only issue I had with the book was that she got the apples in Vermont.  Really!?  Obviously we changed this part to say Washington!  One of Keanan's workbox activities was to put the story cards in order.  You can see below all of the places and things we talked about an found on our wall map.  In a few years I will bring this book out again and do a multi week unit study going over each country, mode of transportation, and ingredient in more detail.  There are so many possibilities!
Here are some pictures of our school time fun this week:

Tomorrow we head to an apple farm to get apples and cider!  Then we are going to make an apple pie following the recipe in the book and have friends over in the evening to share!!  Pictures to come of all the fun tomorrow =)

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