Monday, October 13, 2014

Apples, Apples, Apples!

Hi There!

Before we talk apple talk, I have got to share a quick picture from a good friend's FROZEN birthday party that my daughter Ella went to this weekend....

 This mama was so creative and brave!! She made "snow" for a snowball fight out of baking soda and hair conditioner (I had to close my eyes when going back into her was covered in snow...such a mess!!!) She also gave each guest a can of silly string to shoot out like Elsa's magic powers. SO.DARN.CUTE!! But oh my, the mess! The girls had a great time at the party so I am guessing it was all worth it!

Apples! Apples! Apples! We have had so many learning opportunities while studying Fall and apples...

Since we  have been studying "How-To" writing I decided it would be relevant, fun, and engaging for my students to make applesauce in the classroom. {Our recipe came from The First Grade Parade Here} Each student brought in an apple.

First, I asked a sweet parent volunteer to come in the morning to peel, cut, and core the apples.  

Next, I had my students gather around the carpet area and we put water, sugar, cinnamon, and apples into the crockpot.  

Then IT happened....a sweet boy shouted out...Mrs. Winter, Mrs. Winter, this is like a how to story!!  

Last, I was dancing in my teacher chair...cha-ching!!

We went about our day as it cooked it for 5 hours.  At writing time I reminded my students of the procedure and we brainstormed a graphic organizer with key words they might need to write their How to Make Applesauce stories.

My 1st graders went back to their desks and used this template to write their procedural piece. I just love this template. ALL of my students are successful writers using this template. The format clearly defines what is needed in a procedural piece. You can see more of how I use it {here}

YUMMY! I love how she used labels in her writing too!

This week we will use this same graphic organizer to write How To Carve a Pumpkin!

I know this writing piece will be high interest!

How to Carve a Pumpkin is one of my How to Writing templates. I love that all my writers are successful using these templates AND they can publish a final copy on this fancy paper!

You can check out these templates and the publishing papers in my shop {Here}

As they finished writing, I dished them up some of the apple deliciousness! Clean plates all around. :)

What "appletastic" learning have you been up to? Have you ever had homemade warmed applesauce over ice cream?....mmmmmm...I just love this time of year!


  1. So fun and cute!!!!! Let's teach together again!

  2. Christina _ I LOVE your blog design and especially the cross incorporated into it. If you look closely at my blog I have one too. So glad I found you!
    Teaching and Much Moore

  3. This is SO much fun!! I love How To writing (even if I start to say First, Next, Then, Last in my everyday language to the annoyance of my husband haha).. and I laughed at your little one's adorable realization that's what you were doing :) Looks like you guys had a blast learning about apples!

    Miss Giraffe

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    Thank you for sharing this!

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