Apple Science

by Christine Scott



This lesson was created as a part of the SMART website and is hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology

Apple Science

Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten through third grade


    Do you believe that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away?"  I'm not sure, but the children will make many discoveries as we begin this unit on Apple Science.  Through active exploration and interaction , they will become more aware of different flavors of apples, colors of apples, and ways apples can be prepared and eaten.


    the children will learn parts of an apple

In this unit the focus will be on math, language art, music social studies and science

OBJECTIVES: Students should be able to:




1.Red Delicious                        6.Jonathan                            11.Winesap

2.Golden Delicious                   7.York                                 12.Empire

3.McIntsh                                8.Stayman                            13.R.I. Greening

4.Granny Smith                       9.Idared                                14.Cortland

5.Rome Beauty                      10.Newton                            15.Northern Spy

According to the familiar saying, eating one of these apples a day will keep you healthy.  Apples are definitely nourishing as well as tasty.  This fruit  contains a natural sugar that makes a great snack food because it supplies the body with a quick energy source while being low in calories-an average apple contains only about eighty calories. Apples are low in sodium, high in fiber, and contain no cholesterol-all important for maintaining a healthy body.  As a bonus, the crisp juicy texture of the apple helps to message gums and clean teeth.

Different kinds of apples are different in colors, shapes and sizes.  Their flesh is also different colors and textures and these vary in how sweet  they taste. 

Apples are another example of a food most people like.  Maybe that's because there are so many kinds of apples.

No doubt you have heard of Johnny Appleseed.  He was a bit of an apple fanatic.  His real name was John Chapman, but not too many people would recognize him  by that name.


    1.Visit an apple orchard!  Pick your own apples!

    2.Have an apple tasting experiment.  Bring  in lots of varieties of apples-Winesap, McIntosh, Delicious, Granny Smith.

    3.Make apple prints. 

    4. Make a waldorf salad for a classroom snack.



"Apples Off My Tree"

(sing to the tune of "Skip to my Lou")


Apple Tree

    Way up high in the apple tree

    (stretch arm up high)


Place the children in relay teams of  8-10  members.  Give each captain an apple and place it under his/her chin.  Have each team pass the apple down his or her team line, from chin to chin, using no hands.


Make apple prints.  Cut apples in half and place cut side down in pans of autumn colored tempera paint.  Press the apple onto white construction paper to create an apple print.



    After exploring this unit on apples the students will have gained a tremendous knowledge about apples.  Through active exploration and interaction, the children will become more aware of different flavors of apples, colors of apples and ways apples can be prepared and eaten.

© Christine Scott

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