Apple Themed Activities for Classroom Fun


It’s apple season in our part of Virginia, so I’m thrilled to share fun apple themed activities you can use this fall. From great literature to writing ideas, to fun craftivities you can add with either, I hope you’ll find a fun idea or two in this post.

Apple Varieties in My Part of the Country

cornmaze-300x140-7905204In Virginia, we’re just getting ready for apple season, and our family loves visiting local orchards for apple picking and the Apple Butter Festivals that come with it. Just look at all the variety! The kids love face painting, the music, and of course, the corn maze!

Apple Books I Love

611ussq5rll-865074251nzngj5r7l-9430758During the apple season, of course Johnny Appleseed is introduced, but along with Johnny, we can teach nonfiction text structures and elements, how to writing with apple pie and apple butter making, and many other reading and math skills with apple themed games and activities.  These books by Gail Gibbons is fantastic for demonstrating nonfiction text structures. [Her website] offers lots of information about her life as a writer, a few resources for her books, and her latest publishing. Teachers might use [this video interview] with her as well.

31r2g6wp45l-1711567Another nonfiction favorite of mine is this book by Megan Faulkner.  I purchased it in a set with A Day at the Pumpkin Patch.  Our students enjoy a trip to the orchard in first grade, and this book is a great follow up to the visit.  The photos in the book are well done, and the story follows the sequence of how apple cider is made.  It is a great choice for How-to writing or a site visit follow up.

If you are a kindergarten teacher, I have a resource to share with you too. Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg is used pretty often, and I came across this cute Jason Mraz style song using Ten Apples Up on Top.  I think it’d be a fun one to teach Kinders.  You might even teach a little jig to go with it.  After all, movement is great to get the brain ready for learning.

Apple Themed Pinterest Board


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  1. What a great post to read! The Apple Butter Festival sounds like so much fun. Going to have to show the boys the Ten Apples Up On Top video. They love that book. Thanks for linking up!

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