Friday, September 30, 2016

Apples, Apples and MORE Apples!

Red Apples, green apples, yellow apples too.
I like sweet apples, how about you?

This is just one of the many songs and poems the children have been learning.  We enjoyed changing the poem according to the different flavors and textures of apples we each like.  We came up with sweet, tart, sour, crunchy, and juicy to name a few!  It has been the new favorite poem in the pocket chart and the children love to read it together.  Poems like this help them develop and strengthen their vocabulary and literacy skills.

Weekly highlights...

On Monday morning, we had our very first field trip to the apple orchard!  It was a perfect fall morning for a trip to the orchard.  The sun was shining and the air was crisp and cool.  When we arrived we sat on benches and listened and learned about how apples grow, the different kinds of apples, how to pick an apple, how apple cider is made and more.  We also learned a new song that taught us how important bees are to apple trees.

After that, we boarded the tractor for a hayride.  It took us all through the apple orchard and into the forest.  There were even a few "spooky" things hidden among the trees!

 After that, we enjoyed a tasty Sweet Tango apple and an apple cider donut together.  Delicious!

On Tuesday, we put on our "scientist hats" and cut open an apple and examined the core filled with seeds.  We looked at the star shape in the core of the apple where the seeds are held.  We also identified the parts of an apple such as the skin, stem, leaf, flesh, core and seeds.  The kids have enjoyed observing the parts of an apple in our science center.


On Wednesday morning we enjoyed an apple taste test!  We tasted four different apples which included:  Honeycrisp, Haralson, Cortland and Sweet Tango.  Before tasting them, we compared and contrasted the different apples by looking at their size, shape and color.  We noticed that all of the apples were round and thought the word "sphere" was a great way to describe the shape of them!

We tasted each apple together and discussed the way they tasted.  We also made a few notes that described the way each apple tasted so we could remember.  The children noticed that even though they were all apples, they all looked and tasted a little different!

Ready to taste apples...



Our notes about each apple...

Once we finished tasting each apple, the children got to mark their favorite on our graph.


The class favorite was...The HARALSON APPLE!  The children loved that it was very sour and crunchy!  

On Thursday, we visted Mr. Ryks (the director of transportation) and learned all about how to be safe on and around the bus.  The children learned the correct way to sit on the bus, how to stay out of the "danger zone" and they got to practice an emergency exit out the back of the bus.  Even if your child does not take the bus to and from school, they will all ride the bus for field trips so this is important information for them to know.

We ended the week cuddling up with our 3rd grad buddies and good books in the library.  Some weeks we will do projects with them other weeks we enjoy reading together!  

A perfect ending to a wonderful week!

As we welcome the month of October, we will be finishing up our investigation of apples and continue our study of fall harvest in Minnesota.  October will bring more studies of fall, leaves and pumpkins galore!

We look forward to discussing your wonderful children over conferences next week on October 6th and 7th.  Make sure to sign up if you haven't already.

Dates to Remember:

Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th- Conferences-No School

Thursday October 20th and Friday, October 21st- Faculty Workshop- No School

Monday, October 24th- Field Trip to Pumpkin Patch at Apple Jack Orchards

Friday, October 28th- Richfield Readers visit Preschool

Monday, October 31st- Halloween Parade and Class Party

Enjoy your weekend!


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