Several weeks ago we started Five In A Row. It is such a great and fun curriculum where they have picked good quality books and you do several activities like math, geography, art etc. using the theme of the book. The Five In A Row curriculum has great ideas but I also love to supplement with Home School Share and Five In A Row’s Forum. Several weeks ago we rowed How To Make An Apple Pie and See The World with our friends. I also incorporated some activities with our workboxes the next week. How To Make An Apple Pie is about a girl who wants to make an apple pie and so she travels the world to pick up different ingredients.
Here is what we did:
Read the story
Found the different countries on the globe
Listened to an apple felt story (basically I told the story and they put the pieces on the board)
Apple Tasting. I made a chart with 4 different types of apples listed and a yes and no column. Each of the girls tasted the apples and came and marked whether or not they liked the apple. Then they each ate one! They loved this!
We painted apples that I traced on a brown paper bag (both front and back), cut them out, stapled the pieces together and stuffed them with toilet paper. I can’t remember where I got this idea. Sorry!
Made apples out of paper plates by cutting pieces of red construction paper and gluing it and then adding a stem and leaf. I got the idea from My Montessori Journey.
Colored flags from each of the countries that she visited in the book. I printed them from Homeschool Share. We are keeping everything in a binder.
We made mini apple pies. Basically we took crescent roll dough, put a dollop of apple pie filling in the center, baked them and topped with ice cream.
We weighed, measured and answered questions about apples. We filled out the results on this sheet:
We cut out pictures of new vocabulary words from the book and glued them by the words. I printed the pictures from Homeschool Share. I didn’t know how much Ellie was paying attention to the new words but she asked me to coax Emily to go back to bed one day. I was so proud:)
We went apple picking and had so much fun not to mention we brought home a ton of apples. I made cinnamon applesauce, unsweetened apple sauce, mini apple pies, apple chips, and apple butter. We also munched on quite a few.
After each book we will put a mark on our world map showing where we visited. Even though we visited a lot of different places we put our first mark on Vermont, where the girl in the story picked up the apples.