Johnny Appleseed Activities Print and Digital Beyond the Text

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Johnny Appleseed Activities: Print and Digital

It's apple time! That means time to learn more about Johnny Appleseed! Ready to engage your students while learning more about Johnny Appleseed and American Folktales? Then, they'll love this engaging and fun Beyond the Text unit about Johnny Appleseed! This unit includes tons of fun Johnny Appleseed Activities.

This week-long unit is packed with printable and digital versions of crafts, responding to literature activities, vocabulary, quick prints, and soooo much more! All focused on building comprehension as students learn more about Johnny Appleseed. They’ll love the fun and you'll love the academic focus this unit has!

This unit has been designed around the book, "Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale Retold" By Steven Kellogg, although would go well with almost any version of Johnny Appleseed.


This file has been updated to include digital student activities that are perfect for taking your Johnny Appleseed unit to your digital learning classroom!

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What's Included:

  • Lesson Plans- A five-day outline with suggestions of ideas for a close reading routine of the book and daily writing.

  • Digital Student Activities- This pack now includes digital versions of all the activities designed in a student-friendly digital interactive notebook. Also includes directions on how to access the file for your Google Classroom or for OneNote.

  • Questions- After reading the book, use these question cards to check for basic understanding of the text. Questions range from level 1-3 on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge scale. Perfect for quick checking comprehension as students learn about John Chapman AKA Johnny Appleseed!

  • Appleseed Story Elements- Students work to retell the folktale in their own words and share a lesson learned or moral of a Johnny Appleseed story.

  • Appleseed Fact and Fiction-Students work to distinguish between the facts of the story and the fictional events that were presented in the Johnny Appleseed text.

  • Appleseed Response-Students identify how Johnny Appleseed responds to major events and challenges in the story.

  • Understanding Genre: Folktales-Students work to better understand the genre of Folktale as a more specific type of short story. Students compare a folktale to a story. Includes Genre poster and comparison sheet.

  • Nonfiction Text and Text Features- Students learn more about he real Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman. Includes a caption and a timeline. Students answer questions about the text and its features

  • Appleseed Writings-Four writing prompts based on the book and one general writing paper. Includes self check rubrics.

  • Apple Craft- Apple and worm craft to decorate student’s writings.

  • Fact and Fiction- Reference posters and interactive anchor chart to help students understand that although Johnny Appleseed was based on a real person, many of the events in his stories are made up.

  • Fact and Fiction Hat- Pan hat that students decorate with 2 facts and 2 fictional events from their Johnny Appleseed study.

  • Johnny Appleseed Lettering- Use as a title for a bulletin board showcasing your kiddos’ Johnny Appleseed Writings.

  • **BONUS- Apple Science***- Bring your Appleseed unit into your science curriculum with this fun apple experiment. Students learn more about the states of matter, the scientific process, and how heat can change matter. All through making some delicious classroom applesauce! Includes recipe, teacher tips, lesson plan, and scientific method recording sheet.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.


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