…keeps the doctor away.
Apples are good for you. And they are yummy. But the most annoying thing is that they seem to turn brown and yucky as soon as you cut them or even just take a bite. This is called oxidation– the enzymes of the apple interact with the oxygen of the air and create a reaction. Younger kids, you can spend a little time learning about Johnny Apple Seed, and older kids, you can get right to the juicy part. (Pun intended :))
Cross-curricular activities about Johnny Appleseed– Primary (K-2)
Doing science about apple opens the door for easy cross-curricular activities. (That means you can cover lots of different subjects and skills all using apples!) Johnny Appleseed is a favorite of teachers all over, because it is so easy to tie in reading, writing and even map skills. Here’s a GREAT, FREE resource I found from thisreadingmama.com. It contains a reading passage on Johnny Appleseed and tons of related reading and writing activities. For those who aren’t independent readers, a grown up can read it to them and help them work through the skills. For independent readers, this is a great time to let them put their reading and comprehension skills to work! Click here to go to the resource @ thisreadingmama.com!
Why do apples turn brown? Science facts for kids– Primary (K-2)
Why do apples turn brown when you slice them?– Intermediate (3-5)
Why do apples turn brown? by SciShow– Going a little deeper (5th grade & above)
Another Experiment using the SCIENTIFIC METHOD!
For this experiment, we’re going to be using the scientific method. The scientific method helps give you a purpose for the experiment and helps you stay focused as you perform it. It also helps you keep track of exactly what you did so that your results are valid. Here is a simple sheet to use to help you record each step of the scientific method as we do this experiment. The sheet is by homeschoolingonadime.com. Click here for the worksheet. If you can’t print it out, just use a sheet of paper to record the information. So grab your worksheet/paper and pencil and let’s get started:) For grades 4 and above: If you’d like to go a little more in-depth with the experiment click here to print out more detailed worksheets to use during each step of the experiment from teachingtoinspire.com. Materials: apples, different juices/liquids, worksheet/paper, pencil, cups