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  1. maggiedoodle

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    I want to do an "apple festival" to celebrate fall with my k-2 sped class. I'm just beginning to plan this, and I'm looking for some good educational ideas or resources. So far, I'm planning a taste test with a few different varieties of apples and graphing the results. I'm making some apple-themed centers to reinforce our reading and math skills.
    I'm looking for some apple poems to practice and possibly "perform". I'd also like to find a peanut-free (severe allergy!), no-cook apple recipe to make. Maybe a craft? Or a read-aloud? Any ideas would be gretly appreciated! Thanks!
     
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    You said "no-cook" - but, you could cook applesauce in a crock pot.
     
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    We made an apple tree and then used our fingers to make the apples & had a cute poem to go with it.
     
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    Each student got a different type of apple. They each described their apple and the other kids had to guess which one was described.

    Bob for apples. Dry slices of apples and make crafts with them.

    Predict the number of seeds in each apple. Kids could make bar graphs comparing the prediction to actual.

    Read about Johnny Appleseed.

    Make applesauce, apple brown betty, or caramel apples.
     
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    Not an idea, but a funny story. During my student teaching I was teaching about apples and Johnny Appleseed. After we got back from recess, I put a pot on my head. Not one of the students was even surprised that I had a pot on my head. They looked at me and they looked at the work on their desk. Come on kinders!
     
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    You can do apple prints.


    Make applesauce in the crockpot. I have a peeler/corer I use and the kids take turn using it. I give them a plastic knife and a plate and they slice the apple into small pieces. We put it into the crockpot, add brown sugar and cinnamon and water. I mash and let it cook. Comes out great and the kids love it.

    I also buy different apples and let the kids taste different kinds. Afterwards we make a graph about which is our favorite.
     
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    When I was student teaching in 2nd, we "explored" apples... I put a few on each group of desks, and the kids all wrote about what it looks like, what it smells like, and what they thought it would taste like. They also drew a picture of it. Then I cut it open (exposing the star)... they had to write and draw again, then they got to eat them. They LOVED that activity!
     
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    cute story maebowler!
     
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    When we do our apple unit I send home a note to parents asking for various apple treats....we've gotten cakes, cookies, crisps, pies, caramel apples, etc. It's a fun afternoon! YUMMY
     
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    Oriental trading www.orientaltrading.com had the cutest apples for "bobbing" they were plastic and had little toys and stickers in them, they also have other apple things.
    3 inchToy filled apples for bobbing $4.95 a dozen item# IN-16-849

    how about apple printing with halved apples in paint.

    show how there is a star in the middle and read the little story about it (red house one).

    find some one with a pampered chef apple peeler/corer/slicer that is really cool for kids to see that continous peel!--and the quickest way to make apple pie........ I'll find you a no bake recipe.
     
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    check under themes in this site as well.
     
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    Apple pie made in a crockpot:

    ~Crockpot Apple Pie~
    8 tart apples, peeled and sliced 1-1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. allspice
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    3/4 cup milk
    2 Tbsp. butter, softened
    3/4 cup white sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/2 cup Bisquick (or substitute)
    1 cup Bisquick (separate from above 1/2 cup)
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    3 Tbsp. butter, cold
    Toss apples in large bowl with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.
    Place in lightly greased crockpot. Combine milk, softened butter, white sugar, eggs, vanilla, and the 1/2 cup Bisquick.
    Spoon over apples. Combine the 1 cup Bisquick and brown sugar. Cut the cold butter into the mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle this over top of apple mixture. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or until apples are soft.
     
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    this sounded good too.
    Applescotch Crisp

    4 c. cooking apples, peeled and sliced
    2/3 c. brown sugar
    1/2 c. flour
    1/2 c. quick-cooking oats
    1 small pkg. cook-n-serve butterscotch pudding mix (NOT INSTANT)
    1 t. cinnamon
    1/2 c. cold butter

    Place apples in Slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients until resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apples. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours. Serve warm over ice cream.
     
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    wow!

    Thanks for all the good ideas! I love the story...I don't think it would surprise my kids either. Soemtimes it makes you wonder what goes on at home on a regular basis...
    Thanks again!
     
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    Isn't there a book or something about the star?!?

    I was also thinking if each child (or pair)had an apple cut open you could graph the amount of seeds or compare & contrast the amount.
     
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    I think just about all apples have 5 seeds thas why it makes a star shape when you cut it.
     
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    I did a search...I knew it had the 5 pockets, but I've had apples with more than 5, so I had to check!!!

    Apples have five seed pockets or carpels. Each pocket contains seeds. The number of seeds per carpel is determined by the vigor and health of the plant. Different varieties of apples will have different number of seeds.

    http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/apples/facts.html Here' a fact site!!!
     

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