There’s something about September in Kindergarten that screams TEACH ABOUT APPLES! I don’t know if it’s the connection to Fall and the seasons, if it’s merely a tangible topic that most kids have some background knowledge on, or if it’s just teachers are born with an inclination toward their career’s symbolic fruit, but Apples are my favorite way to kick off Science in Kindergarten!
Our first unit in Science is mainly to teach students how to be scientists through observation. This is why I like to kick start my Apple Unit with a hands on Apple Investigation.
It’s part of my Dollar Deal on Apples! You can download it as a single sheet here.
If you’re using the same apple for the entire investigation, it’s best to do the color, stem, leaf, and measurements first. Next, I move on to sinking or floating, and finally I end with cutting and investigating the seeds before, our fan favorite in K, the taste test!
This year, in an effort to simplify the investigation for my little ones, I decided to split my investigation into a mini book! Each piece of the investigation got it’s own page. (Here’s a sampling below)
I made each page a center. Students rotated through, completing and collecting pages as we went along. They LOVED building the book as we went and I saw a big difference in their concentration per each investigation. This mini book can be found in my Johnny Appleseed product here! I can’t wait to showcase you even more from that later this week.
Download the single sheet Apple Investigation in my TPT store here.
If you want to explore the Mini Book, check out my Johnny Appleseed bundle in my TPT store here! (The single sheet investigation is also included in this product!)
For even more apple fun, download my All About Apples Bundle!