Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Apple-picking in the Fall

This past week we took the morning off from school to go Apple-Picking at Linvilla with my parents. We had so much fun! And there are so many ways to extend it into a Unit Study with science, literature, cooking, poetry, art, and math.

The Tractor ride might have been their favorite part!

We picked and picked!

And Pop Pop collected:

Our Favorite apple books:
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson

Apple Stamping: From Martha

Apple Tasting: Sort, Cut, taste, and describe a variety of apples to pick your favorites. This lesson plan is very detailed!

Apple Fractions: Lesson plan

Montessori Three Part Classification Cards: The Life Cycle of the Apple Tree. I printed twice, laminated, and then cut these cards. We used them for a matching game, reading practice and learning about the life cycle of the apple tree.

The Apple Tree through the Seasons: Cards to print and color

Our Favorite Apple Recipe: Apple Brown Betty by The Pioneer Woman

For Poetry this section of the Frost poem resonated with me. The apples were so plentiful and fell to the ground so easily. It was hard to not feel guilty about leaving them behind.

For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.

from After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost


Barb said...

So glad you guys had a great time there. We haven't done the apple picking yet; I need my husband with me. But, I've been picking up half bushels of seconds in the farm market. Linvilla has been a big favorite with us this fall; the people are so nice there.

The Hagedorn Family said...

I love the pioneer woman!! Looks like you guys had fun. We were supposed to go last week, but I was on call and had to go to a birth. We can't wait to reschedule!

Amy said...

A great idea to pick up seconds for baking. Picking saved about$.89- $1 per pound; but we've finished them already! We're looking forward to going again at the end of the week for pumpkins too.


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