Sunday, September 22, 2013

Let's Explore Apples!

Whew, it's been awhile! What a busy start to the school year! I know you all are in the same boat. I so admire the bloggers who have consistently found time to post during these first few weeks of school.  I do a blog for my parents, too, which has been taking up a lot of my computer time lately. I am hoping to get back to Kindergarten Kel soon to do a post about my math tubs, some color word ideas, and some letter recognition ideas.

Today, though, I just wanted to let you know about my brand new apple unit. Let's Explore Apples is a science unit (not apple themed literacy or math centers).  It features ten experiments/activities/resources for your students.  They are hands-on and inquiry based. I know that in my district, science is becoming more of a priority and STEM is a big deal.  I hope this unit will help you tie apples into your science unit and fulfill some of your science goals/standards!  I am personally tying this unit in with the FOSS Tree Science Kit (it needs some livening up!).




Here's a look at the unit contents:


Unit Contents
1. Apple Attribute Sort- Students sort apples by color, shape, and size
2. Apple Sample Comparison and Graphing Activities- students compare three different apples by their color, size, and taste, and graph their favorite apple.
3. Apple Exploration pages- Students observe and explore the inside and outside of an apple.
4. A Bad Apple? Experiment- This experiment focuses on what happens when an apple browns after it's been cut open and what different substances stop that chemical reaction. Recording sheets are included.
6. A Bad Apple? Blindfolded Taste-Test-Does an apple really go "bad" when it is cut open and browns?  Would you be able to tell if you couldn't use all of your senses? This experiment forces students to find out! Recording sheet is included.
5. Parts of an Apple-Diagram- There is a student sheet and elements to make a large poster display.
7. One Fresh Apple! Experiment and Observation Journal- Experiment to see what apple stays freshest over the course of two weeks.  Includes hypothesis, observation, results, and analysis sheets.
8. Apple tree life cycle book-Student book about the life cycle of an apple tree.
9. Applesauce Recipe- Includes parent letter.
10. Apple Vocabulary Cards-Includes scientific terms as well.

This unit is on sale through 10 PM tonight, Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 2013 for 50% off, so {CLICK HERE}to hurry to TpT to check it out! And, have a relaxing Sunday!

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