Return to Mathematics IndexApples A Peel To Me

Olga Moreno Horace Greeley School

832 W Sheridan Rd

Chicago IL 60613

(312)534-5800Objectives:

For kindergarten and first grade.

1) Students will learn about two different types of graphs:

a) Real Graphs: using manipulatives and real objects to make a graph.

b) Representational Graphs: using pictures of real objects to make a

graph.

2) Students will learn about the different varieties of apples.

3) Students will learn to gather, record and interpret data.Materials:

1) Apples, red, yellow and green ones, different amounts of each color.

2) Red, yellow and green crayons for each child, scissors for each child.

3) One copy of the student apple graph sheet for each child.

4) One copy of the apple pictures for each student.

5) Knives, napkins and paper plates.Strategy:

The classroom teacher will prepare the classroom graphs in advance. Use

one graph with the real apples and another graph with the student's preference

picture after tasting the apples. This graph will give information about the

children's favorite apple choices.

Activity One: Children will guess how many apples there are in the bowl.

After they guess the students and teacher will count the apples as the teacher

removes them from the bowl or bag. Then the students are asked to sort the

apples by color and place them on the floor graph. (discuss graph)

Activity Two: The students are given individual graphs and asked to color

in the boxes to match the floor graph. The classroom teacher can remove the

apples one by one from the graph as the children are instructed to color in the

boxes as she removes the apples. (discuss individual graphs)

Activity Three: The students will taste the three different varieties of

apples and asked to pick the apple they like best. Students are given the apple

pictures and they will color the picture to correspond to their apple

preference. They will write their name on the picture, cut it out and place it

on the representational graph. (discuss the graph)Key Questions:

What words can we think of to describe apples? As a topic opener children

can close their eyes and pretend they have an apple in their hands and think

about a word to describe their apple.

What is different about these apples? What is the same?

What can we learn from our graphs?

What did we learn from our graphs?

What information is not given in our graphs?

What other things can we do with apples?Performance Assessment:

Evaluate concepts mastered by class discussion and participation.

Individual evaluation of children's work.References:

Aims Education Foundation, copyright 1988

(Student pages from Fall into Math and Science)