Apples, Apples, and More Apples!

Hello, friends!  I am finally back after my LONG absence.  I have been wanting to share my weekly plans, but it would have been a picture of me on the couch or in the bed!  I have had mono for the past month and it took me down, y'all!!!  I have never been so thankful for my health!  I went back to work last week, and we are on fall break this week.  We finally got to have our apple week last week, so I wanted to share some of what we did.

Here are my visual plans for ELA.  Of course, I over-planned as usual.  I have got to get that under control!!

We started our apple unit with a KWL.  Then, we went on to build our background knowledge and vocabulary related to apples.  

You can get the free apple vocabulary cards {HERE}.

We talked a lot about how labels can help us better understand informative text.  The anchor charts are Cara Carroll inspired.

The next picture is one of me being attacked by seven year olds with post-it notes.  I let them label me before labeling our apples.  Not sure what I was thinking but the little giggles were totally worth it.  They are labeling my hair in this one. 

Next, we made these apple craftivities and labeled the parts of an apple.

This week was a review week of previous comprehension skills.  We reviewed sequence of events one day and made these apple timelines.  I found this idea {HERE}.

We were in love with this Mr. Harry's Kindergarten video.

The kids were so intrigued by the tale of Johnny Appleseed.  We learned more about him everyday.  We used him to practice main idea and details, which we need lots of practice with!

They got to make these Johnny Appleseed hats.  You can get them for free {HERE}.  There are several comprehension strategies included with this freebie so you can adapt for whatever skill you are working on.

I absolutely LOVE directed drawing!  I need to do it more often.  I think it's just because I get to color! ;)  But it's great for teaching following directions, too!  We did this before working on author's purpose with another Johnny Appleseed text.  You can find the directed drawing {HERE}.

We wrapped up the week with Sarah Cooley's Apple Taste Testing Party.  It's a must-have!  

I will share all about our week in math in my next blog post about place value.

We finished up our Apple Themed Literacy and Math Centers this past week, too.

If you would like to check it out, click on the pic below.  :)

I hope you all are having a great week!  It's time to work on some landscaping outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather!  

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