Apples, Sentences, and Minions

I have to admit that I have never done a full apple unit in my life! I always assumed that it had been done in first grade, and I just realized that isn't the case.  So that is awesome for me because now I get to do this unit with my kids!

One of my Saxon math lessons is graphing our favorite apples, I wanted to get more im depth with apples this year so I began poking around my favorite blogs and Pinterest and found a few ideas.

Here is what I ended up doing:

These darling apples from The First Grade Parade!  The kids went nuts over these apple people!  
These just made me smile!  This anchor chart with descriptive words also is from The First Grade Parade!  The funny thing is that I was planning on making the little apple people on a different day but after the kids saw the giant apple, it was hard to stop the momentum so we kept on going.

Next up:  Apple Diagrams
These diagrams were tons of fun! The kids learned so much from making them and they were absolutely perfect with our informational text focus we have going on right now.
When I can't fit them all on my wall, I move some over to the window.  I LOVE putting stuff on my windows, but the sun fades things so quick, so I try not to do it too often.  The kids are so proud of having their stuff on display on the windows though, they don't seem to care that their stuff gets faded.  They think its cool that the paper changed colors LOL! 
The genius idea for these diagrams can be found here: A Cupcake for the Teacher, What the Teacher Wants, and Mrs. Drakes Room.

Writing Anchor Chart
My kids are struggling so much with writing complete sentences!  We are focusing on this right now.  This chart was made by Mrs. Crofts.  She has a ton of anchor charts that you can view right here: Mrs. Crofts' Classroom

We made these Minions a while back and forgot to share them.  They were so cute!  The kids wrote about something that they loved about second grade. You can get this craftivity from Pamela Zweygardt at her TpT store.

Chalk Board:
I'm a huge fan of chalk board art!  We bought our house one year ago and I can't decide on any art.  I kept telling my husband that I wished we could find some art that changed...then I had a lightbulb moment.  Why not make my own art and change it up with the holidays (or anything else that inspires me) using a chalkboard?  So I began to look around online for some big chalkboards.  Ummm...they are expensive.  So I decided to put my plan on hold and practice on some little ones for now.  I headed over to Marshall's to get some small ones and that is where I ran into this huge chalkboard against the wall! I couldn't believe it!  I dragged it out of the store just to find that it wouldn't fit into my car.  Fast forward a half hour later and my mother-in-law was able to save the day with her truck!  Now to hang it up in the living room and start chalking it up.

So that was my week.  Now to plan for this last week! Fall break can't come fast enough:) 
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday- on Sunday.

1 comment

  1. I love all of your apple activities! When I taught Kinder, I taught at a school that had an apple orchard so you can imagine the huge unit we did every year! When I switched to second I just couldn't give it up! These ideas are so cute and perfect for second grade!

    I hope you post pictures of your awesome chalkboard idea!
    Have a wonderful Fall break!


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