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Apple Adjectives
Subject: Language Arts, Nutrition, Math, Ed. Technology
Grade: 3-5

Brief Description

Working in cooperative groups, students will use the Dole internet site to 1) identify and alphabetize apples, 2) make a table, 3) read a table, and 4) construct a bar graph and/or a pie chart.

Objectives

Language Arts: adjectives, alphabetical order
Math: Making and reading charts, graphs, and tables
Health: apples
Ed. Technology: accessing the internet, making a spreadsheet, a bar graph and a pie chart

Keywords

Language Arts: adjectives, alphabetical order
Math: Making and reading charts, graphs, and tables
Health: apples
Ed. Technology: accessing the internet, making a spreadsheet, a bar graph and a pie chart

Materials Needed

Access to the Internet:
http://www.dole5aday.com/HTML/Kids/Nutrition%20Database/Encyclopedia/Encyclopedia_New/Apples/index.html

Lesson Plan

Lesson #1: Identifying and Alphabetizing Adjectives
Children work in cooperative groups to research their assigned apple at the given web site. They find adjectives that describe their apple and the way(s) it can be eaten, then post their information for all groups to share. All posted adjectives are alphabetized and all apple names are alphabetized in preparation for lesson 2.

Lesson #2: Making a Table
Children use their alphabetized lists to help the teacher form a large table with the alphabetized apple names across the top. Down the left side are the 4 ways they are eaten and the alphabetized adjectives. Each group then checks off the appropriate decrypter for its apple. After all groups have entered their data, the children copy the information onto their own individual tables.

Lesson #3: Reading a Table
Children use their tables to answer questions, eg, how many apples were described as juicy, which apples can be eaten baked, etc.

Lesson #4: Constructing a bar graph and pie chart on the computer
Each group totals the number of apples for each adjective, then enters them into a spreadsheet. From the spreadsheet, they then construct a horizontal bar graph and a pie chart which represent the frequency of use for each adjective.

Assessment

Lesson #1: Apples and their adjectives will be correctly alphabetized.
Lesson #2: Data will be correctly entered on the table.
Lesson #3: Children will correctly answer questions about the table.
Lesson #4: Children will construct an accurate pie chart or horizontal bar graph on the computer.

Lesson Plan Source

This is an original plan developed in 1997. Link updated 06/10/2008.

Submitted by Monique W. Healy, meeq@aol.com
J.G. Pyne School, Lowell, MA, USA


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