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Monday, September 3, 2012

A Different Way to Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day!


I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day Weekend!  The rain here has put a damper on BBQ plans, but I'm kind of loving having some time to veg out and drink wine from our honeymoon coffee while I get a few last minute school things done.

We start tomorrow.  The kids start Wednesday.  I was pretty excited, now...not so much.  Not wanting to say goodbye to summer and all it entails.  But, I'll get over it.

I wanted to share one of the ways I celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with my kiddos.  Not really the day itself, but leading up to it.

See, I love, love, love 2nd grade, but one of the disadvantages of teaching a higher primary grade is that a lot of our students have "been there, done that", so I need to come up with new ways to get them excited and keep them engaged.

{Although, it seems none of our first grade teachers have discovered "First Day Jitters".  What's up with that??! Believe me though, I am NOT complaining!}

Anyways, to get my kiddos excited about Johnny Appleseed, I go straight to their stomachs!  That's right.  Food.  {It's always worked for me!!!}

Leading up to Johnny Appleseed Day, we do a writing piece on our favorite ways to eat an apple.

Apple cider donuts!!!!

That should be the only right answer.  But I let them tell me other ways because I'm still nice {at least at the beginning of the year}.  Two years ago I had a student who ate her apple slices sprinkled with lemon juice and salt.  Say what?  

I've always done this little writing piece, but I finally took the time to cute it up a little.  We always make a glyph to go with our writing too.  I put it all together in a little packet and uploaded it to TpT

If you're interested, there are 4 different writing papers to choose from, 3 class book covers to choose from, and prewriting activities as well.  I should mention that I use this piece as a way to introduce/reinforce topic sentences, so the prewriting sheets focus on that.

"My Favorite Way to Eat an Apple" is on SALE for $2.00 until after our first day of school, but of course I'd love to give away one or two as well.  To enter, leave a comment below telling me YOUR favorite way to eat an apple.  I'll announce the winners sometime before the SALE ends.

Grab it here.

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and has a good weekend back at school!



  1. My favorite way to eat an apple is to bite it from the top!

  2. Carmel apples from Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, IA are my favorite way to eat apples!

  3. What a cute activity!! My favorite way to eat an apple is to slice it into pieces first and then dip it in peanut butter! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. Love it! My favorite way to eat an apple is in an apple pie :)

  5. I love your cute activity and the way you included so many different writing templates. This activity will surely please everyone.

    I love apples and anything that contains apples. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be apple pie. Warm apple pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top and some vanilla ice cream, too. And then, the vanilla ice cream melts from the hot apple pie...Okay, I'll stop dreaming now...

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  6. Your activity looks really cute. My favorite way to eat an apple is apple crisp.

  7. Love your apple activities! I LOVE caramel apples! YUM!

    EduKate and Inspire

  8. We always do a J.A. Day thing at our school where the PTA gets us apples for everyone. Sadly I've just handed them out and moved on the last couple years! This would be cute to get something going again! My favorite way to eat is in apple crisp!


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