Students will explore what happens during the fall season on a farm. Students will understand why harvest season is so important, and they will be able to identify the jobs of farmers during the fall.
Where does food come from? What happens in the fall on a farm?
- Book: A Year at Maple Hill Farm
- Apple Tree Chronology
Ask students to describe the season – what does it feel like, what does it smell like, what does it look like? What is this season?
Read either part or all of A Year at Maple Hill Farm, and ask students to share the things they observed happening during the fall. (Think-Pair-Share) What kinds of food do we harvest in the fall? Today we are going to learn all about apples!
Activity – Cider Press
Students take part in pressing apples to make cider. See Cider Press Lesson
Activity – Apple Tree Chronology
Read through the stages of an apple growing on a tree. Invite students to act out the different stages.
Students are then given cut out sentences from the Apple Tree Chronology, and are invited to paste them, in order, on a new piece of paper. They can then decorate the paper with their favorite kinds of apple and apple tree.
FOLLOW UP & EXTENSIONS
- Apple Butter making
- Applesauce making
- Dried apples