We started our second Five in a Row book last week Our Five in a Row selection was “How to make an Apple Pie and see the World” by Marjorie Priceman.
A young girl decides to got to the market to buy the ingredients she needs to make an apple pie and discovers the market is closed. Instead of giving up, she decides to pack a suitcase to travel around the world in search of each ingredient she needs to make her apple pie. She first travels to Italy for seminola wheat, to France to get a French hen for the eggs, to Sri Lanka for the bark of the kurundu (cinnamon) tree, then to England for a cow (for butter) and to Jamaica for salt water and sugar cane, and finally she travels to the state of Vermont for apples. After returning home, the young girl make her apple pie to share with friends.
This week we did a bible lesson on goodness. I borrowed ideas from biblekidsfunzone on the Fruits of the spirit and tailored the lesson for the boys. In the beginning of the lesson, we talked about how we know that most fruit grows on a tree or a vine. We used the story pages to show how some trees produce bad fruit and some trees produce good fruit. The boys learned that people are the same (Matthew 7:16-17). “If someone’s heart is full of bad things, they produce only bad fruit – things like causing fights or trouble, stealing, lying, etc. But when God’s spirit changes your heart, He produces good fruit like love, joy, peace, patience and kindness.”
The boys worked on making a paper plate apple tree and added apple cutouts. On each apple they wrote what things they wanted Jesus to produce in them. We really enjoyed using lesson with our FIAR studies.
We used our atlas map to plot the little girl’s journey around the world in her travels. We used the story disks from Homeschool Share’s lap book and printables for the book to mark the areas on our map.
We played a geography match game for the book from FIAR Circle. The game consists of 7 country cards, 7 transportation cards, and 7 ingredient cards. The game offers several options (variations) to play. We used the cards to quiz the boys on the order the places the little girl visited, matching the mode of transportation the little girl took to get to a country and matching the ingredient with the country it came from.
After reading the book throughout our FIAR study, the boys narrated the story to our family. They were able to recall the different places the little girl went to and the ingredients she gathered. (I think playing the geography match game earlier ion the week helped the boys remember the story). We did a KWL chart on Apples: What I know about apples, What I want to know about apples and what I learned about apples.
The boys used their five senses to describe an Apple. We made a chart on the wall and the boys called out adjectives that describe their apple. I was impressed with the answers they came up with, After making our chart, together we created an apple tree out of construction paper and wrote on each apple, the apple adjectives that describe an apple. This was a fun activity for both the boys.
MATH In addition to our Rod and Staff math lessons, we added some math concepts that were related to our FIAR studies. My youngest son played a Roll an Apple Tree game and apple patterning. We used the Apple patterning cards from the A is for Apple pack from All Our days blog (formerly A Heart for Home).
The boys examined apples and counted seeds. They labeled the parts of an apple using
a worksheet from what the teacher wants blog.
We read several go along books for our FIAR study which included: The seasons of Arnold’s Apple tree by Gail Gibbons. After our readings the boys completed a worksheet on the life cycle of an Apple tree.
We had planned to conduct some experiments based on our FIAR book, The little girl in the story evaporated the salt water to get salt to make her apple pie. The boys made predictions on what would happen to the salt in the water from our experiment, We left outside a jar filled with salt water so that we could observe what would happen throughout the day but someone knocked over the contents of our experiment. Hopefully, we will have another opportunity to do other experiments with FIAR.
SOCIAL STUDIES- HISTORY
As part of our learning about Apples, we read a book about John Chapman (otherwise known as Johnny Appleseed). We read the book Johnny Appleseed by Aliki. We used our Apples Unit study to learn more about John Chapman and the history of Apples. The boys watched several DVDs on John Chapman. We found several online including
American Legends Volume 1: Johnny Appleseed on YouTube.
ART AND CRAFTS
We did not get to do as much crafts as we wanted to for this FIAR study but the boys were still happy with the art projects they did complete. The boys made paper plate Apples trees. They traced their arm and hand to use as the tree and branches and them painted paper plates in different shades of green.
The boys tried their hand at stamping with apples. I cut several apples and the boys dipped some in apple green paint, red paint and a mixture of yellow and red paint.
Printable Materials we used:
- All Apples! A Fun Unit Study by Homeschool Bits
- How to make an Apple an Apple Pie and see the World curriculum pack by Learning Days Curriculum.
- FIAR Circle’s How to make an Apple Pie and see the World match up card game.
- Roll an Apple Tree game by kinder-pond.BlogSpot.com
- Apples by what the Teacher wants (includes parts of an apple, apple graphing, Johnny - Appleseed, and more,
- Apple Science by 2 Teaching Mommies
- Apple Bible Verse (Psalm 17:8a) by Clarissa @ 1+1+1=1.
- The life cycle of an Apple tree by Education.com
- Apple addition and Falling Apples (apple subtraction) by Education.com
Other Resources Online
U.S. Apple.org has great educational materials
Apple Facts from the University of Illinois Extension
Johnny Appleseed thematic unit from Midge Frazel
American Legends Volume 1: Johnny Appleseed – YouTube video
Books we read for this FIAR study
Other resources we used: