One topic that is often taught in both preK and kindergarten is apples! Who doesn't love to learn with food?
I created the kit Apples Abound for Teachers Pay Teachers. It includes:
-parent letter asking for apples
-HW graph comparing ways to eat apples
-finger print apple counting
-identify parts of an apple
-using a balance scale to weigh apples
-Story extension for Ten Apples on Top
-Johnny Appleseed writing
--whole class venn diagram
When I taught apples with my classes I often made apple sauce with them too. Many children do not know how to make real apple sauce and only know it comes in a jar at the grocery store. It is very easy to make and can even be made in a microwave, but that is sort of cheating! All you need to do is cut apples into cubes, the smaller the cubes the faster they cook. Add sugar and cinnamon and let the apples do their magic! If you want a chunkier applesauce do not put all the apples in to begin with and add them towards the end so they stay firmer. If you want a smoother applesauce, then bring a potato masher in mash the apples as they cook down.
One thing that I did not add to the original kit that you can get here is an apple tasting graph. Many children do not know that different apples taste different. Here is a quick apple graph that you can use with your students. I would copy it on poster paper and then laminate it. You can then use sharpie markers on it which wash off with rubbing alcohol so you can use it again next year.
I hope you enjoy using these apple activities with your students! Let me know if you use any and what you did different.