Storytime Theme: Apples


Books --

Teaching Guide "An apple a day" resource with additional ideas
Oats and Wild Apples by Frank Asch (JE)
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons (JE)
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall j583.37
Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy and Richard Hutchings (JE)
Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg
Oink! Moo! How do you do? by Grace Maccarone
Russ and the Apple Tree Surprise Janet Rickert
Apples and Pumpkins by Janet Rickert
Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer
Down the Road by Alice Schertle
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
My "a" Book by Jane Belk Moncure illustrated by Pam Peltier
The Amazing Apple Book by Paulette Bourgeois j641.34
Johnny Appleseed Goes a'planting by Patsy Jensen illustrated by Pat Hoggan
The Happy Apple by Dick Bruna (JE)
***Two lists front to back of apple books and Johnny Appleseed books. See folder for more ideas.

Audience Participation Stories/Characters for Act-out Stories

Johnny Appleseed

Felt board activity:
Put apple tree on felt board. say the apple tree rhyme and put the pair of "smiling apples" on the tree. Repeat the rhyme using the different feeling words and hanging the appropriate pairs of apples.
  • Got angry
  • Whispered
  • Cried
  • Smiled
  • Sang
  • Yawned
*Templates and rhyme in folder

Story Extensions

  • Apple history
  • Apples and literature
  • The letter "A"
  • Fingerpaint apples
  • Apple collages
  • Apple worm puppet
  • Apple Activity: Apple Relay
    • Need 4 laundry baskets and one apple for each kid.
    • See apple folder further instructions
  • Apple sun catchers
  • Apple nutrition
  • Apple snack: applesauce, apple finger cubes
  • Apple math
  • Explore an apple
  • Apple Science
  • Apple time
  • Apple Seasons
  • Apple counting game
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • Songs: Five Green Apples, 6 Apples and Bananas, Little Apple Seed, etc.
  • Apple fun glasses
  • Apple nametags (template available)
  • The little red house story thing "set the scene for a bushel of "apple-lutely" terrific activities and reproducibles with this enchanting tale. Before reading the story aloud, conceal a large red apple and a paring knife to use for demo at the end."
  • Apple clip art available

*Look in folder for more details

Arts and Crafts (Directions, Supplies, Source, Picture - if possible)

Apple Puppet:
Paper bag
Apple cut out
Crayons to color
Scissors depending on prep work

Apple shaped nametags with yarn attached
*Could possible use to hang in a tree

Johnny Appleseed Character:
Crayons/markers to color
Stapler or Glue
Simply make this character from index paper. Color, cut out and fold. Bend his arms forward and staple or paste the basket to his hands.

Apple craft:
Reproduce the larger pattern on red, green, or yellow construction paper (red pattern in folder).
Copy the pattering with the lines and seeds on white paper.
Cut out stems from brown paper.
Cut out leaves from green construction paper. (Templates are included for the leaves.)
Will need scissors and glue.


Suggested Ways to Include the Six Emergent Literacy Skills

  • Vocabulary

  • Print Motivation

  • Phonological Sensitivity

  • Print Awareness

  • Letter Knowledge

  • Narrative Skills