This is the perfect time of year to study apples. Use the link below to do an apple unit study, go on a apple orchard field trip or virtual field trip, watch videos, print worksheets and coloring pages.
Apple Orchard Field Trip
If You can’t Visit an Apple Orchard Try a Virtual Field Trip with Videos
- Caillou Goes Apple Picking
- ABCs of Agriculture
- Apple Picking
- Bill Nye: Farm Food
- When the Apple Falls: Isaac Newton
A. What are your objectives? (What I hope my child will learn from this trip.)
- Understand how apples grow.
- Understand how seasonal changes affect plant growth.
- Be able to identify major apple varieties.
- Understand how an apple gets to the market
- Understand how to press apple cider.
- Understand plant life cycles
- Understand seeds and germination
- Be ale to appreciate fruit and how the fruit began as a seed
- Understand how the life cycle repeats itself
B. What spiritual values can be taught? (Ask the Lord to help you find spiritual values.)
- God designed His creation to be responsive to His Word and His plan. We depend on God’s care and His provision for us: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (Colossians 1:17).
- How we know the type of tree by its fruit: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Matthew 7:16).
- Abiding in Christ, being grafted into God’s family tree: And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again (Romans 11:23).
- Sowing and reaping: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6).
C. Questions to create an interest: (Things to find out on the trip.)
- How do plants or trees begin?
- Which seasons help plants to begin life?
- What do plants need to grow?
- How many different types of apples are there?
- How many apples can you get from one tree?
D. Activities or projects to do before the trip:
- See how many types of apples you can find while you are grocery shopping. Jot down the varieties and look them up. Make a chart with various information on each apple: color, seeds, taste, etc. See Apple Varities
- Cut open several fruits (apple, orange, avocado) and compare seeds.
- Look up vocabulary words: germination, seedling, sprout, root, embryo, endosperm.
- Read parables about plants from the Bible.
- Read and discuss Mark 4:3–8Look up apples in the encyclopedia.
- Get a book about Johnny Appleseed from the library. Read and discuss.
- Draw a seed and label its parts.
Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundredfold.
- Make a poster showing what you have learned.
- Fold a paper into fourths. Draw the life cycle of an apple tree.
- Bring home apples and share what you have learned with others.
- Draw a picture of a man sowing and a picture of a man reaping.
- Memorize 2 Corinthians 9:6.
- Make applesauce or an apple pie
- Make a book.
- Make a mural of the orchard based on sketches.
- Make a model of the packing house out of blocks or Legos.
Links to Apple Lessons
- Inside an Apple (Grades K-3) - This lesson will be introducing students to explore and learn the inside of an apple. It is
necessary for students to know the life cycle of the apple by the time this lesson is given. Several lessons have been given on life cycle of an apple.
- Apple Picking Time – This is the story of a young girl who spends a whole day picking apples with her family and other workers in Washington state. It is both a tradition and a necessity for the community to help bring in the autumn harvest.
- An Apple a Day - This lesson asks students to listen to “Apples” by Roger B. Yepson (or any book that discusses the parts of an apple) and then identify and label each part on a digram. Students will determine the most popular type of apple by conducting an individual taste survey and constructing a graph to determine the most popular choice among the class.
- Apples on Parade – Children will discover the different varieties of apples after listening to a selected story by describing likenesses and differences of apples, sorting apples, graphing apples, eating apples, and creating apple star trees. This unit can be extended to allow children to cook with apples.
- Apples, Apples, Apples -Students practice reading skills, writing skills, and mathematics as they explore the theme of apples. They write a report about Johnny Appleseed, write an apple recipe book, graph data about favorite types of apples, cut apples into various fractional portions, among many other activities.
- Fruit of the Spirit – several encouraging Bible studies from Heart of Wisdom Blog
- Fruitfulness: After completing this lesson, the children will understand that some things in life take time and extra effort, but Jesus gives us all the help we need, even special people to care for us.
- Fruit of the Spirit – Do you agree with the idea that people in the world can be drawn to God by His fruit in your life?
- Seeds that Fall on the Path
- Seeds that Fall on Rocky Places
- Seeds that Fall among Thorns
- Seeds that Fall on Good Soil