Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World {with Five in a Row}

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World with Five in a Row

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After our first row of Truman's Aunt Farm, our intentions were to study Japan next, at Elliott's request.  After browsing our library, I decided to just order the books, but that meant we had to wait on shipment and delivery.  So we jumped into another fun row that I had mapped out in my head already.  How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman is perfect for the autumn season rolling in, and we had some apples that needed picking.  I knew the boys would enjoy the hands on activities that went with this book!

It worked out nicely too, because the week we rowed this book, we took Friday off for co-op, and this was the book used the first week of their World Cultures class!  We spent those 4 days at home rowing.  The next week Daddy was off work, so we didn't "row" but we still did a lot of hands-on activities like apple picking and baking.  I'm grouping our activities by subject again, not necessarily the order we did them.  

Language Arts
I adapted this simple Apple Fun worksheet for Emory.

apples copywork

I created a copywork page for Elliott using Worksheet Works and the opening page of the story.

Humor in Writing
We discussed the lesson in the manual.  Elliott decided the humorous part of the story was that she went all over the world to get ingredients, probably because the store that was closed was the only store around.

Letter Recognition (Emory)
We did this Apple Letter Recognition game.  He's into coloring type activities right now, so I am going with it!  I colored and laminated the "cards" so they could be used for other activities like matching (there's a capital and lower case set) and ABC order.

apple letter recognition

I also offered him this Color the A's worksheet from  I circled the capital and lowercase letter in the appropriate colors because I needed to walk away from the table for a few minutes. When I returned, he promptly informed me that I didn't tell him how to color the apples, so I knew he circled them just to be a turkey.

Capital and lower case letter A

Later in the week I found a whole packet of Do-A-Dot apple themed printables, and he did several of them by request.  The bingo markers don't come out often, so that was probably the most appealing part.

Capital and lower case letter A

Social Studies

Mapping the Story Disks

This book fits so well with Elliott's interest in geography!  We looked up all the countries that the girl traveled on our world map.  We followed their path with some cute story disks that show ingredients for each country (found on Mud Puddle Soup).  The boys took turns placing the disks on the right location.

mapping How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Marking a Map
Another day, we used this printable map (from Wonder of Learning) with ingredient list to review and mark the countries where each ingredient was picked up.  We also drew a line across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea for the gathering of the sea water.

mapping How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World with Five in a Row

Emory only wanted to color his map, which was fine with me.  He was still present for our discussions and mapping activities, and it's about exposure for his age.

mapping How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World with Five in a Row


We discussed measurements and cooking from the manual as it occurred naturally with the cooking, which you will see shortly.

Emory did some of the number themed activities from the previously mentioned Do-A-Dot apple themed printables.  He got on a roll with changing his colors and forgot to actually follow the numbers.  ;-)

number order

No, I'm not sure what his fascination with the black bingo marker was.

Odd and Even
I found this little Around the World printable and it matched the around the world theme of the book so well.  It was an easy, quick review for Elliott.

odd/even around the world

Then he also did this Apple Themed Odd/Even color by number type activity on another day.  He did go back and color in all the odd/green but he decided it would be easier to just find the path first.  ;-)


Humor in Art
We discussed the topic of humor as presented in the manual, but didn't pursue the other art lessons in the manual.

Elliott drew an apple from the Draw Write Now book.  We discussed how apples aren't really circles, but have distinct shapes.

Art Appreciation
We studied Apple Butter Making by Grandma Moses.  I used some of the lessons from Everyday Easels (from as discussion points when I presented the art, but this was more about exposure to new art than anything else.

Salt, Evaporation
The lesson in the manual dealt with salt water and evaporation.  We would have done this outside, but it was a dreary, rainy week, so we boiled our water to evaporation.  The kids still found this neat, and Elliott was able to make the connection between the evaporation of the water from stove top heat and the evaporation of mud puddles on sunny days.

salt water evaporation

Nature Study
We've done apple tree studies before, but this time it was informal.  We enjoyed picking apples from maw-maw and pawpaw's trees, and we even planted some of our own trees!  We also made apple bird feeders!

apple picking

apple picking

Food Fun

Apple Stew
We have cooked apple stew from the cookbook, as well as applesauce, caramel apple pork chops, apple pie, apple bread and apple cinnamon muffins.  Apple fritters and apple dumplings are still on the list.

Book Basket 

Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo. LeSieg
A Day at the Apple Orchard by Megan Faulkner
Fall Changes by Ellen B. Senisi
Ana Cultiva Manzanas / Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Apple Batter by Deborah Turney Zagwyn
The Cow in Apple Time and After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost
    from Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost

This time, Japan (with A Pair of Red Clogs and Grandfather's Journey) really should be our next theme, but I imagine it will take us a few weeks to get through it!

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  1. What great educational activities! Looks like your kids had a great time and learned a lot!

  2. sounds like you had a great week with lots of a good activities. :)

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  3. Would you be willing to share your world map printable that has the book title at the top and the countries/ingredients below? Thank you for your great ideas!

    1. I'm sorry, I'm just now seeing this a few weeks late. I printed that a few years ago - it looks like the blog that created it is no longer active. I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to recreate.