This resource was developed to provide thematic texts and activities about apples. This is perfect for the fall and incorporates reading, writing, and science (seasons). The texts can be printed front to back in a magazine style. All the texts are written at about a mid-second grade level.
The magazine includes the following texts:
• An Unexpected Visitor- a poem
• The Seasons of an Apple Tree- an informational article about how an apple tree changes each season.
• The Legend of Johnny Appleseed- A biography of Johnny Appleseed that includes a photo caption, bold print, and a map.
• An Inside look at the Apple- A diagram of the parts of an apple
Materials are included to support the magazine:
• Two vocabulary picture cards of the bolded print words
• A half page of questions (3 questions to a page) about each article. There are a total of 4 different comprehension sheets.
Students can partner or independently read the magazine and then complete a variety of activities:
• Quizzical Apples- Students draw a card with a question word and then create a question using the word about each article. Finally, students answer their questions.
• Main Idea with Johnny Appleseed- Students are given a set of cards. On each card is a sentence about the text. Students must determine the card with the main idea and 3 cards with key details. There are two recording sheets for this activity so the teacher can differentiate for difficulty. On one sheet students will simply fill in a main idea graphic organizer with the information from the cards. On the other recording sheets, students will order the selected main idea and detail cards to write a paragraph.
• Think About It! - In this activity students are determining the author’s purpose for writing each article. There are two versions of this activity so the teacher can differentiate for difficulty. One version requires the students to provide the author’s purpose and the reasons why they feel this is the purpose after reading. In the second version, students are matching the purpose to the article and recording their work.
• The Seasons of the Apple Tree- Students will create a small cut and paste book describing the seasons of the apple tree. Students will paste in a picture of each tree to match the season and then write about it using temporal words. Students will also create a table of contents and label a diagram of an apple. A checklist is provided for students to help keep them organized.
Please note TWO files are included in this zipped file. One is a color version and the other is a black and white version. The contents are identical, but are organized this way to help the teacher with printing.