Apples and Pumpkins – by Anne Rockwell
A young girl spends a beautiful fall day picking the reddest apples and looking for the perfect pumpkin with her family. The story goes on to talk about carving the pumpkin into a grinning Jack-o-Lantern and getting ready for Trick-or-Treating!
Recommended Ages – Preschool – 1st grade
• Before reading Apples and Pumpkins, create a chart on Easel Paper for different ways of eating apples (apple slices, applesauce, and apple pie).
• Read the story Apples and Pumpkins to the children.
• Show the children the chart and explain that they will each get a turn to vote which way they like to eat their apples.
• As each child comes up to vote, write his/her name on a post-it note and have the child place his/her name on the chart.
• Make sure to start at the bottom and work up.
• Once everyone has voted read the names in each column, count the names and write the number at the top of each column.
• Ask the children which column has the most votes. Also point out how you can tell it has to most votes without counting because it is the tallest.
• Reread Apples to Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell.
• The children will be practicing the color word red. Remind the children that the character in the book is looking for the reddest apple.
• Each child will get a paper with a sentence on the bottom: I see a ______ apple. The child will write the word red in the blank and then draw a picture to match the sentence.
• When the children are done they can read the sentence to a friend sitting near them or to the teacher.
• Staying with the apple theme from Apples to Pumpkins, the children will learn how apples can help us understand fractions.
• In a whole class lesson using apples show the children the difference between a whole apple, a ½, and a ¼. Model for the children how to break the pieces apart and how to put them back together to make a whole.
• Demonstrate how 2 halves make a whole, 2 fourths make a half, and 4 fourths make a whole.
• Set this activity up at a center so children can rotate to that center and work with peers to explore fractions with apples. The teacher should sit in on this center to help facilitate the activity.
• In this extension activity, have a class discussion on what they noticed about the leaves in the book Apples to Pumpkins. Talk about what color they were and why they change colors in the fall.
• Let the children know they are going to make a fall leaf picture frame. This activity is great for the first graders in my school because they go on a field trip to a local orchard to pick apples and a small pumpkin. (While at the orchard, you can ask the children to see if they notice any colorful leaves like in the book Apples to Pumpkins).
• Each child will get their picture taken at the orchard while they are holding an apple or their pumpkin.
• Once the children complete their Fall Leaf Frames, the teacher can place each child’s picture in each frame. Now the children can take home a special memory from their day at the orchard!
• Falling Leaves Frame Craft Kit
Guest Blogger: Melinda Brown, Reading Recovery Teacher at East Lyme Public