In addition to our math and reading curriculum, we've been studying apples in our home school this month!
We did an "apple investigation" using our five senses, and recorded our findings in a mini-book:
The book Dede's looking at is called "The Life & Times of the Apple", which I found at Goodwill. It's a great resource and the illustrations are very nice.
We made apple spice play-dough. Just use your favorite home-made playdough recipe and add apple pie spice and food coloring.
It smells so good!! Dede has had a hard time not tasting it..
Mollie's creation lol..
We read about the history, life-cycle, and uses of apples in "Apples"...
..then went apple picking at local orchard and farm, something I've always wanted to do! Just one of the many perks of moving to Michigan :)
We rolled our playdough into "apples" to use with a math game..
They each took turns rolling the dice, and putting the corresponding number of "apples" onto the game board. We didn't have any real dice, but "there's an app for that " :) The first person to fill up the board wins. They both loved this, and played it over and over again.
We made Apple Crisp with this recipe, using the apples we picked at the orchard. This stuff was amazing and will most definitely become a fall tradition. We will probably end up making it again this year. I had to get a picture before it disappearing last night..
Teacher's Pay Teachers has been a great resource in finding hands-on activities that go with a particular theme. I printed this out real quick when the girls wanted an "apple lesson" right before bed and I had nothing planned.
I hope to do a few more things before the end of the month, like make crock-pot applesauce, and compare and contrast the different types of apples we can find at the grocery store...and maybe bake another batch of apple crisp :)