I can hardly believe this is the last week before Labor Day. I don’t know about where you live, but where I live, the air is already changing from the hot and humid smell of summer to the cool and crisp smell of autumn. It is a time I look back on fondly because it is back to school time.
September was always such a fun month in my house and it can be in yours too. One of the things we loved to do in September was learn about Johnny Appleseed! There are so many fun resources to learn more about him. I am going to give you a few.
Enchanted Learning has some great free stuff that you can print. https://www.enchantedlearning.com/school/usa/people/Appleseedindex.shtml
Pinterest– Gosh, I really wish this was around when we were homeschooling. It is so easy to find stuff on the site. Here’s a bunch of resources.https://www.pinterest.com/homeschoollit/johnny-appleseed-unit-study-resources/
In The Hands of a Child– I don’t know if you are into lapbooking or not, but this is a great site. Warning- you do have to purchase their materials. We did the Johnny Appleseed Lapbook and it is really a lot of fun. (We will talk more about lapbooking in a future post.) https://www.handsofachild.com/johnny-appleseed-curriculum.html
SOME VIDEOS: We always had fun watching videos as well. This one on You Tube was a favorite in our house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=484AJlOnOnc
PBS KIDS has a video from Nature Cat about Johnny. https://pbskids.org/video/nature-cat/2365931714
Brain Pop Jr.– Another cute video https://jr.brainpop.com/socialstudies/biographies/johnnyappleseed/
OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES: There are so many other fun activities you can do. You can practice your fractions by cutting up an apple- what’s more fun than edible math!?!?
Cooking skills can be practiced making recipes with apples. Applesauce is super easy. If you want to get a bit more creative, try your hand at an apple pie!
For Science you can talk about the life cycle of an apple seed and even try your hand at planting a seed and growing a tree.
FOR YOUR OLDER STUDENTS– They don’t have to be left out. You can have them do some research on the “real” Johnny Appleseed, Jonathan Chapman, and write a report on him. If you have a mixed age classroom, allow the older kids to help “teach” the younger ones. They can practice their reading skills by reading aloud to their younger siblings. They can also be a big help if you are doing the cooking activities.
FIELD TRIP– This is also a great time to include a field trip, if it’s possible. If you have an orchard nearby you might be able to go and pick your own apples. They also might have fresh apple cider and apple donuts!
Above all, have fun with this and let it start your new school year on a fun and exciting trip!