Don’t you just love fall? I sure do – boots, scarves and sweaters, pumpkins and pretty leaves…
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Fall in the classroom is so much fun! We are finally feeling (mostly) settled into our routine and starting to have real fun learning! One of my very favorite things to do in my classroom each fall is make applesauce.
One of our first science units is states of matter and I usually end the unit exploring states of matter with apples. The apple starts as a solid and is changed when it is cut and heat is applied, ending up as a liquid.
I ask each student to bring in an apple and we usually end up with a wide variety of different apples.
We start with a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting two different apples.
Then, we get to the fun part! My kiddos love using this old fashion apple peeler to peel and slice our apples.
I set it up right above the slow cooker so that the apple slices just fall right in.
Once our apples are all peeled and sliced, I add a little water to the slow cooker (just enough to see around the sides) and cook all day.
Every 30 minutes or so I use a potato masher to stir and mash the apples. You can add a little cinnamon, but I like to leave it plain.
It usually ends up being about half and half between kids who like the apple sauce and kids who don’t. My own little one won’t eat homemade applesauce because of the color – crazy girl!
To make this activity a little more science focused, I use this lab sheet. The kiddos make a hypothesis about what will happen to the apple, document how the apple looks and the state of matter (solid) before starting.
Then, after the applesauce is complete, we fill out the second page to document the results.
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I’d love to hear about our favorite fall activities, too. Share or post a link in the comments! 🙂
Happy Fall, Y’All!