Apples Science UnitHey y'all! We're back with another installment of STEAM centers for primary classrooms. :) If you missed my original post on how I set up science centers, you can check it out here. Don't forget to grab the freebie!
Apple week is one of my all time favorite weeks in the classroom. (A close second is pumpkin time, but more on that later.)
There are SO MANY skills that can be taught with something as simple as an apple. At the beginning of the week, we taste test different kinds of apples and graph our favorites. The kids L-O-V-E doing this and you only need 3 apples for the whole class. (One red, one yellow, and one green cut into enough pieces for the whole class.)
Tuesday through Thursday, students go to different stations to explore and learn more about apples. While they are busy at work, learning about apples and using task cards to become independent, I float around the room scaffolding as needed.
Students learn about the life cycle of apple, the different parts of the apple, and explore it in general.
They can build things using apple pieces and toothpicks and paint pictures by stamping with apples cut in half.
Every center (except the stamping one) had a recording sheet to go along with it. It can be glued into students' science notebooks or they can stapled together and sent home at the end of the week.
On Friday, we talk about chemical changes involved with heating our apples by making applesauce in the crock pot. If you've never had homemade applesauce, you absolutely have to try it. It tastes amazing and makes your classroom smell wonderful! After we taste our applesauce, we graph who does and who doesn't like it.
For more information on this unit, you can check out it in my store here.
If you haven't tried science centers in your classroom yet, I encourage you to give it a try. Your students will become much more independent and responsible. They learn so much about themselves and the material at the same time.
I'm always adding new resources to my store so be sure to follow me on TPT for the latest updates, ideas, and resources. I hope you have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.