Johnny Appleseed's birthday is in September. We celebrate with a bushel of apple-related Web sites for students of all ages.
Primary students at New Cumberland, Pennsylvania's Hillside Elementary recognize Johnny's special day with apple stories, apple prints, and apple crafts. Best of all, they enjoy all kinds of apple delicacies like applesauce and apple butter.
What is it about this delectable fruit that makes it so irresistible? Is it the brilliant hues of red, green, and gold, or just its wonderfully crisp taste? No matter what your explanation, there is no mistaking that apples are very popular among children. In fact, the apple is so associated with fall and "back to school," that many teachers incorporate the theme into their September plans. If you already find this topic "a-peeling" or are thinking of adding it to your "basket" of ideas, these Web sites are for you!
APPLE SITES FOR 'BUDDING' CLASSROOMS
How do you like to eat an apple? In a pie, covered in candy or caramel, or just as it is picked from the tree? From the very beginning, many children prefer to have their apples in the form of juice, and why not? This site explains the virtues of processed apples and offers new recipes for the old standby -- apple juice. Apple Juice on the Internet provides the directions for apple juice jigglers and an apple smoothie (in the Fun & Games section), but it has more than just recipes. You will also find an arcade of games (some Java-enhanced), online coloring, a crossword puzzle, a wordsearch, and a dot-to-dot activity. For more online fun, read AJ's list of most frequently asked questions, or send an email card with the characters.
A FEW MORE APPLE SITES PICKED FROM THE INTERNET
Johnny Appleseed and Westward Expansion
In this activity, students will locate natural barriers to westward expansion, and find the best route and the route taken by Johnny Appleseed. They will also identify things they would need to make the trip and compare it with Johnny Appleseed's baggage.
Johnny Appleseed Day
This bountiful list of apple activities was created with young children in mind, but primary students will enjoy these suggestions, too. You can view the fingerplays, recipes, and stories from all over the Internet without leaving the site's protective frames. Your "guide" brings the activities to you!
The Schools of California Online Resources (SCORE) Project brings this apple teaching unit to the Web. Written for primary teachers, the unit presents several guiding questions that students will be able to answer as the unit progresses, and it incorporates all subject areas into the theme.
A World of Kindergartens: Apples
As an elementary resource, few Web sites stack up to this one! Click on the letter A and the first topic that you will see is "apple." Peruse the list of books, apple cooking ideas, activities, and songs and poems.
Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Apples
Find out how apples are harvested, preserved, and safely handled until they reach store shelves. What's the best way to store apples? Keep 'em cool!
Apples General Information and Links
"Leaf" through the many apple links on this page from Food Resource. Click on the names from the list on the left side of this page to view very nice apple images for reports, charts, etc.
Article by Cara Bafile
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