The next kind of tree we heard the children discussing where apple trees. The children shared their personal experiences about trees by making small apple trees. They used tan colored paper to wrap the poles of our loft. They then added red circles to the paper to represent an apple. One child created a three dimensional apple using model magic and a pipe cleaner as the stem.
The children investigated three types of apples including red, green, and yellow. The children had an opportunity to cut the apple if they would like and they were able to taste test them. After the tasting was over, the children created a graph to compare and document observations of the tree kinds of apples. After the list was done, the children signed their names on the sign to identify which was their favorite apple. A day later, a child decided to create her own survey on the apple tasting. She created four different apples, red, green, yellow, and brown. She remembered that brown was not a color of an apple they tried so she crossed it out. She then went around to each child in the classroom asking them their favorite kind of apple. When she was done, she counted up each vote and found out which had more and which had less. This took so many skills in this one activity! She met many of our objectives from the Peoria Pre-Primary Curriculum, here are a few:
- showing beginning control of a writing or art utensil
- writing words for work and play
- beginning to show comfort with self as someone growing in skills and abilities
- shows interest in quantity and number
After the investigation of the apple tree was over, a child decided that we needed to re-create the apple trees to be more accurate. They found a tree book called, How does an Apple Grow? With the book near her, she created a list of items she needed to gather to create this tree. With the help of her peers and a teacher, she sounded out each word and created a list. She then gathered the materials to begin to create this new tree. The children used tan paper but also colored various shades of brown on the tan paper. One child shared, “not all trees are the exact color brown!” They then cut green leaves to add to the apple tree to represent a Spring Tree. They then created three dimensional apples by painting lids red and stuffing them with fluff or taping them together.
As a teacher, you can help support this survery or collaborative work by:
- supporting the children
- taking baby steps
- thinking out loud with the children
It will take time to begin to make this a classroom norm, but soon it will just be another way to investigate and discovery. The children will begin to lead these surveys without any teacher guidance!
Until next time,