Friday, September 26, 2014

An Applicious Peek at My Week: Five for Friday Style!

I think the majority of primary teachers will say that introducing your Apples unit brings a certain amount of joy to your classroom.  I for one, absolutely LOVE this unit and it's our first real exposure to incorporating Science lessons into our studies, which as many of you already know is one of my FAVORITE things to do as a first grade teacher!  I get even more giddy when our ELA studies just 
happens to be the "ap" family this week!  Everything meshing together makes this dear teacher sooooo happy!
We began our Apple Introductions last week and as you can see by the slathering of information on our Focus Wall, we are digging deep into Apples!

Our weekly Math interactive notebook lesson was using Apples to solve addition problems!

We analyzed which apple was our favorite-

 We are learning all about making connections when we read and how to spot TEXT features in our non-fiction readers!

Meerkat the Connector is just one of many reading strategy critters that we are using to make strong connections when we are reading.  Check out the Critter Cafe here for more details!

 The kids were STOKED to get their little scientist minds rolling with predictions and writing a hypothesis for our first apple experiment!
 Here is our Apple Oxidation Predictions-

 The next morning, we came in and discovered that Lemon Juice and Milk will keep an apple from turning brown!  COOL!
 How did we explore the word "Rotten"?  Well with a simple little experiment!  Pretty gross but fun!

Look at our little scientists in action!  
Labeling the parts of an apple!

 Two of our scientists used a terrific strategy of "using the word walls in the room" to help them check their understanding!
 Apple Week wouldn't be complete without an Apple ERUPTION!
Totally made the kids go WOW, Awesome!!!!!
Now if you are looking to get your hands on some of these amazing activities, let me share that information with you,
Five for Friday style!
These five Fab Products are guaranteed to make your Apple Studies and Exploration totally DELICIOUS!
Johnny Appleseed Traveling Party: Apple Day Stations
Click on the image above to grab this product from the very talented Lisa Richling!  Lisa has packed this unit full of science projects and my kids gave it TWO THUMBS UP!
Apple-licious Activities
The amazing Sarah Paul has delivered an amazing CLOSE Read unit that is SUPER delicious!  I was using her previous version the last two years, but she has recently updated this pack and it is FANTASTIC!  Sarah celebrates even the tiniest details in a unit and I absolutely love that about her creativity!
Apples, Apples Everywhere! Glyph and Apple Poem Activities
The super-sweet Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies has this awesome Apple Art Project that I adore!  We are making the apples today!
Johnny Appleseed Reading Fluency for Little Learners
My Firstie Friend Kathy Griffin has this awesome resource and my kids LOVE the video and song!  If you are looking for some Smartboard or techno-fabulous resources to use during apple week, this is it!
Common Core Crunch - September - ELA CCSS Printables - Gro
The lovely Lisa Mattes has some great morning work activities that will spice up your THEME WEEKS in September!  I would be lost without my daily Common Core Crunch!
Well, I hope you are having as DELICIOUS of a week as I am!
Have a fabulous weekend sweet friends!


  1. As I have always said, "My friends make me a better teacher!" Great job! Your kids must have had a blast! WHAT??? FUN AT SCHOOL!??? Who knew!?? HAHA Wendy 1stgradefireworks

  2. Love, love, love this post!!! Your focus wall is amazing, girl. I don't know how you get it all done, but I absolutely love reading about it :)


  3. You did such an awesome job, I love it. I was wondering about your comprehension/strategy references that you have on your focus wall. The what is a ????, text features, and make a connection sheets are so cute and such a nice detailed teaching tool. I was wondering if you found these somewhere or if you made them and are selling them in your TPT store. I would love to have a set.

  4. Love! You guys were busy!! Can't wait to see the apples!!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  5. Awesome! You get so much accomplished in a week. Where do you fit in all the experiments in your daily schedule?


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