Ever wonder how apples grow on an apple tree? This lesson teaches the changes that occur in the apple tree through the four seasons–from bare branches in winter to crisp apples in the fall.

Objective(s):

  1. Students will complete a visual representation (Apple Tree Through the Seasons Worksheet) of the changes that occur in an apple tree through the four seasons.
  2. Students will explain (through verbal and/or written text) the changes that occur in the apple tree through the four seasons.

Materials:

  • The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall (or any other book that demonstrates the changes of an apple tree)
  • copy of “Apple Tree Through the Seasons” and “¬†Apple Tree Through the Seasons 2” worksheet
  • green paint (2 different shades-one light, one darker)
  • pink paint
  • red paint
  • pencils with new erasers (one per color of paint)
  • *crayons or markers could be used in place of paint (but the round circles the erasers make look really good)

Direct Instruction:

Gather students in a group. Read The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall. As you read, ask questions to draw students’ attention to the differences in the apple tree through the seasons. Create a diagram on the white board or chart paper to document the differences. Discuss why it is important to know these changes–how can they be compared to other living things?

Guided Practice:

Pass out a copy of the first page of “Apple Tree Through the Seasons” worksheet. Pair students with their science buddy. Allow students to work together, sharing paint supplies, to complete the worksheet. Review diagram as needed.

*Students will dip the eraser into the paint and then onto the tree.

The tree should be painted as follows: winter–none, spring–green for leaves and pink for flowers, summer–green for leaves and lighter green for budding apples, fall–green for leaves and red for ripe apples

Independent Practice:

Pass out a copy of the “Apple Tree Through the Seasons 2” worksheet. Prompt students to work independently to complete worksheet.

Closure:

Pair students with their science buddy. Have students take turns reading/explaining the changes that occur in the apple tree. Ask students why it is important to know these changes. Ask if they can compare how apples are grown to other fruits?

Assessment:

Students will be assessed according to their ability to:

  1. Complete a visual representation (Apple Tree Through the Seasons Worksheet) of the changes that occur in an apple tree through the four seasons.
  2. Explain (through verbal and/or written text) the changes that occur in the apple tree through the four seasons.

Possible Modifications/Adaptations:

For students who have difficulty writing descriptive sentences:

  • Allow them to dictate the changes that occur in the apple tree.
  • Create a word bank with student on the back of their worksheet to aid in sentence formation.
  • Provide fill-in-the-bank sentences for each season.