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Introduction

Every year during the fall, I do an apple unit with my class. It is a fun unit and one in which even the shyest student is comfortable sharing their comments.

My purpose in this lesson is to incorporate technology into the basic apple unit. The entire lesson, using the student page, can be projected onto the SmartBoard. The links to the story, the KWL chart and United Streaming for the video are incorporated into that page. This lesson is meant to be done in one day, using my language arts and writing blocks.

There are a lot of great apple projects and crafts available for an apple lesson. In the future, I will incorporate other technology programs.

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Learners

This is a kindergarten lesson that will be part of an Apple Unit. By using available technology, we will show the students more ways to get information about topics they are studying. They will also be exposed to questioning strategies that they will use in the future. This could easily be used for a first grade classroom.


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Standards

The following Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) will be addressed in this lesson:

Reading TEKS Addressed

  • K.5A recognize that print represent spoken language and conveys meaning
  • K.9B establish puroses for reading and listening such as to be informed, to follow directions, and to be entertained.
  • K.11E understand literary terms by distinguishing the roles of the author and illustrator
  • K.10A listen to stories being read aloud

Writing TEKS Addressed

  • K.14A write his/her own name and other important words
  • K.14E gain an increasing control of penmanship such as pencil grip, paper position, stroke and posture.

Listening/Speaking TEKS Addressed

  • K.1A determine the purpose ofr listening such as to get information, to solve problems and to emjoy and appreciate..
  • K.3C ask and answer relevant questions anadmake contributions in small or large group discussions.

Math TEKS Addressed

  • K.7B place an object in a specified position
  • K.8A describe and identify an object by its attributes using informal language

Science TEKS Addressed

  • K.2A ask questions about organisms, objects, and events.
  • K.4A identify and use senses as tools of observation

Social Studies TEKS Addressed

  • K.16A express ideas orally based onknowledge and experiences

Technology TEKS Addressed

  • K.3A follow acceptable use policies when using computers
  • K.7A use software programs with audio, video and graphics to enhance learning experiences


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Process

As an introduction to the children, read the story "Little Red House with No Doors". You will need an apple and a knife handy (but not visible to the children) until the end of the story when you demonstrate how the little boy cut open the apple. This is a cute way to start the unit on apples and always gets their attention. There is a link to this story on the student page that you can copy or project on the SmartBoard for any readers you may have in your class..

The next portion of the lesson is meant to be used on a SmartBoard or other brand of interactive white board attached to your computer. If you do not have a SmartBoard, you may want to reproduce the KWL chart on an overhead or chart. The children will dictate things they know and want to know about apples. This chart will be referred to each day of the apple unit as they add what they have learned and any additional facts they want to know.

Now that they have listed what they know, read an informative book about apples. I picked Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace because it had very clear illustrations of the parts of an apple.

Now that the children have learned the names to the parts of the apple, it's time to demonstrate their new found knowledge. I like to let them put together the parts of an apple and label them. Since their fine motor is still shaky this early in the year, you may want to have the pieces cut out for them. I usually use a large die cut of an apple. They can either cut manilla paper to fit inside the die cut for the flesh, or use torn pieces of paper. I give them small pieces of green and brown paper so they can cut their own stems and leaves. Black beans or sunflower seeds make great "apple seed" when glued in a star shape. There is also a link showing what the completed project should look like. When projected on the screen, the children can then copy the words on their project.

Lastly, we will watch a video on apples from United Streaming. If you do not have access to United Streaming, you can either skip this or insert a video or filmstrip of your choice. I have also included a link to a virtual tour of an apple orchard.

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