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Soon, reams of red construction paper will disappear from school supply rooms -- and the smells of cooking apples will permeate school hallways -- as teachers in many parts of the United States and Canada introduce their annual apple-themed lessons... and celebrate the September 26 birthday of Johnny Appleseed.

Take your pick! Sample some of Education World's apple activities by clicking the links below.


Best Books
For Teaching
About Apples

Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Apples? Check out Our Editors Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers Voices section. With your help, we will build the best list on the Internet of Best Books for teaching about Apples.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Appleseed!
September 26th is Johnny Appleseed's birthday. Education World celebrates with a bushel of apple-related Web sites for students of all ages!

An Apple for the Teacher!
If Johnny Appleseed was still planting apple seeds, he would be 224 years old this month! Mark the occasion by making these apple activities part of your "core" curriculum!

Apple and Pumpkin PIE (Poetry Is Exciting)!
One teacher's successful "Apple a Day" Internet project has spawned a new project. Join teacher Susan Silverman in the "Pumpkin Patch" this year. Getting involved is as easy as pie!

Apple Adjectives
Working in cooperative groups, students will use the Dole internet site to identify and alphabetize apples; make and read information in table format; and construct a bar graph and/or a pie chart.

An Apple Notepad for Parents
Students create a special notepad for parent-teacher communication throughout the school year.

Applesauce Taste Test
A fun fall activity. Students follow directions as they make applesauce and/or create a graph showing the results of a classroom applesauce taste test. Then they use a free online tool to create a graph.

Be sure to see more autumn lessons.