This week was all about apples! To prepare, we went apple picking. It was tough, but somebody had to do it 🙂 Thank you to Grandma for helping us out!!
We picked a ton of apples, so we would have plenty to choose from for our experiments!
First, we read this “big book” called An Apple a Day by Melvin Berger. It is a great book all about apples. It shows the life cycle of an apple tree and it shows what an apple tree looks like at different times of the year. It also talks about how apples are harvested and what you can make with them.
Our first experiment was with the browning of apples. We squirted lemon juice on one apple and nothing on the other apple. The kids drew predictions as to what the apples would look like by the end of class. This picture was taken at the end of the class. When the kids observed the results, they drew what they saw and we discussed if any of our predictions were correct. Also, I didn’t get a picture of this, but I had a giant tub of water. We placed different objects in the tub to see if they sink or float. Then, the kids made predictions on whether the apples would sink or float. When they floated, one of the kids wondered whether a larger apple would sink or float (GREAT QUESTION!). We searched for the largest apple to test it. She dropped it in the bin and it floated!
Next, we moved on to our taste-testing!! Before testing each apple, the kids made sure to wash them really well. We discussed why it was important to wash fruits and vegetables before you eat them.
Here was our lineup. I had eight different types of apples and an experiment sheet to record the results of our tests.
We worked our way through all of the eight apples.
As the kids tasted each apple, they circled either a happy face or a sad face depending on whether they liked it or not.
Here is the close-up of the sheet that the kids had in front of them. The kids liked most of the apples. They all chose which apple they liked the best. Choosing a favorite may have been the hardest part of the day!
When all of the experimenting was completed, the kids chose their favorite apple and I wrote the name in their science journals. They also drew a picture of something that they observed or learned. Many of the kids drew a picture of an apple tree. I was surprised how many of the kids remembered this part from the beginning of class.
Overall, we had another great class! Once again, I look forward to next week!