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Johnny Appleseed origami project - Use a perfect square of paper to make Johnny Appleseed's body. It's best to use either construction paper or cover stock to make the body sturdy enough to stand up and hold something. Follow the folding and cutting directions below.

Click here to download Johnny Appleseed's head, shoes, and apples (PowerPoint file) or better yet draw your own with construction paper and markers. Once you've made his body, cut out Johnny's head and paste on the point of the body. Now cut out shoes and glue them to the end of the legs then trim points off. You can also design and draw Johnny Appleseed's head using KidPix or the Paint Program on your computer. Fill his pouch with apples with vocabulary words, math facts, etc.

Johnny Appleseed Origami project

Apples were once wild fruit. They were first cultivated over 3,000 years ago by the ancient Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans. The Romans took cultivated apples to England when they conquered the country in the first century. Apples, seeds, and trees were brought to North America from England sometime around 1629. These cultivated varieties spread westward with the help of settlers and Native Americans. Their spread increased greatly when pioneer John Chapman, the famous Johnny Appleseed, planted apple seeds wherever he went. Today, the United States is second to China as the principle apple-producing country in the world. Of the 7500 varieties grown in the world, more than 2500 are grown in the United States. Fifteen of these are eating apples and account for 90 percent of total production. (taken from Classroom Connect's Connected Newsletter, Sept. 2004.)
3-D Fruit Craft A is for Apple
All the Daze: Apple Theme An Apple for the Parent
An Apple for the Teacher An Apple Tree Through the Seasons
Andy Apple Apple Cinammon Dough
Apple Coloring Pages
Apple Corps Apple Exploration
Apple JigSaw Puzzle Apple Juice on the Internet
Apple Math Apple Pencil Holder
Apple Pickin' Time at the Virtual Vine Apple Pin or Magnet
Apple and Pumpkin PIE Apple Scavenger Hunt
Apple Theme Sign Apple Unit Theme

Apple WebQuest Apples
Apples and More Apples and Johnny Appleseed Theme
Apples and Seasons Lesson Plan
Apples at Apples at 42eXplore
Apples at Apples for Everyone Trackstar
Apples for Teaching Apples: A Guide to Selection and Use
Apples Theme Ask AJ - The Story of Johnny Appleseed
Clay Pot Apple Craft Collect the Apples Game
Dole 5 A Day  - Apples
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Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed Happy Birthday, Mr. Appleseed
How Do Apples Grow? Johnny Appleseed, Gentle Hero
John Chapman - A Gentle Hero Johnny Appleseed 
Johnny Appleseed Johnny Appleseed Coloring Pages
Johnny Appleseed at Enchanted Learning
Johnny Appleseed Festival Johnny Appleseed Picture Find 
Johnny Appleseed Quiz Johnny Appleseed - A Pioneer
Johnny Appleseed a Pioneer Hero Johnny Appleseed for Little Ones
Johnny Appleseed Song Johnny Appleseed Track by Benita Jenkins
Johnny Appleseed Was Born Johnny Appleseed: A Pioneer and a Legend
Johnny Appleseed's Homepage Lesson Plan: An Apple for the Teacher

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The Little Red House with No Doors Michigan Apples
North Carolina Apple Facts Nova Scotia Apples
Our Apple Unit
Readers Theater - The Great Apple Slice Escape U.S. Apple Association
Vermont Weathervane - Johnny Appleseed Facts Virginia Apples
Washington Apples - Just the Thing  Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Facts about Apples
Who is Johnny Appleseed? Wikipedia: Apple

Apple Stationery

Apple Stationery (ppt) Apple Frame Stationery (ppt)
Apple Variety Stationery (ppt)

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Apple Ideas from Education World
Read to children The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree, by Gail Gibbons (Voyager Books). Talk about the four seasons, and write their names on a chart. Help children remember how the tree looked during each season. Give each child four pieces of drawing paper. Invite children to draw a tree trunk and some branches using brown crayon on each page. Have children label the first page “winter.” Encourage them to use white tempera paint for snow on the ground and branches. On the page labeled “spring,” children can use pink paint a sponge pieces to make blossoms on their tree. Have children do the same for “summer” using green paint. Then they can use a cotton swab to dab on light green apples. Label the last page “fall,” and ask children to again use sponge pieces with yellow, orange, and brown paint. Children can add ripe apples by dabbing cotton swabs in red paint. Let each child write his or her name in the title on a front page “The Seasons of _____________’s Apple Tree.” Staple each child’s booklet together.

Bring to school several varieties of apples. Cut then into small pieces. At circle time, invite children to taste each kind and decide which their favorite is. Create a simple graph on a large piece of chart paper. Down the left side draw and label each type of apple being tasted. Record each child’s choice by drawing a happy face in the row across from the appropriate apple. Guide children in using the graph. Help them count and ask: How many children chose Macintosh? Granny Smith?… Which apple did more children choose?

Provide samples of apple products such as apple cider, apple juice, applesauce, and so on. Invite children to taste each and to choose their favorite. Give each child a small piece of apple-shaped paper and have him or her draw the favorite food choice on it. Use the apple cut-outs to create a graph, and then encourage counting and more-or-less questions.

--- Provide canned biscuits and apple pie filling. Flatten biscuits and add a bit of filling on half of each one. Fold the other half of the biscuit over the filling and press the edges closed. Bake according to biscuit directions for mini apple pies.
--- Wash and cut 6 apples into bite-sized pieces. Combine 1 cup of raisins, -cup yogurt, and -cup whipped salad dressing. Add apples and mix well for apple-raisin salad.

--- Cut out apple shapes from red, green, and yellow construction paper. Place them at various spots in your classroom. Gather the children and let one or two at a time search for an apple. Give clues such as, “It is near our sink, but not in it.” Or “Look high, look low, look near the science center when you go.” Continue until everyone has had a turn to find an apple.
--- Use the same cut out apple shapes to help children practice listening skills and using location words. Give each child an apple shape and a set of oral directions: “Place your apple over something, under something, next to something,” and so on. Continue until everyone has had a turn.

Read a simple biography about Johnny Appleseed. Give each child a piece of red, green, or yellow construction paper. Have each child use half of an apple to make an apple print on his or her paper. Tell students that apple print will be Johnny Appleseed’s face. Invite students to add eyes and a mouth to the face. Then encourage students to complete the picture by adding a pot for Johnny’s hat, a body, and a seed bag. Display students’ pictures by hanging them in alternating colors red, yellow, green, red, yellow, green, and so on.



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