Primary Punchbowl Fall Hop! {Freebie and a Giveaway, too!}

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Don’t you just love fall?  I sure do – boots, scarves and sweaters, pumpkins and pretty leaves…

I also LOVE the ladies behind the Primary Punchbowl and I’m so excited to be collaborating with them on our new blog AND giving you some awesome freebies in our blog hop!

1 Fall Activity

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.

apple time

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.

apple partners

working with partners

We start with a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting two different apples.

venn diagram apple venn diagram

Then, we get to the fun part!  My kiddos love using this old fashion apple peeler to peel and slice our apples.

apple peeling

I set it up right above the slow cooker so that the apple slices just fall right in.

applesauce set up

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.

apples for applesauce

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.

Apple Sauce

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!

eating homemade applesauce

eating apple sauce

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.

Apple lab sheet front

Apple investigation sheet

Then, after the applesauce is complete, we fill out the second page to document the results.

Apple lab sheet back

Apple investigation

Click the images to see this product my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

The three most popular games in my classroom – with both alphabet and sight word versions!  Teach the game once and play all year!

I’d love to hear about our favorite fall activities, too.  Share or post a link in the comments! 🙂

Happy Fall, Y’All!

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17 Responses to Primary Punchbowl Fall Hop! {Freebie and a Giveaway, too!}

  1. Erin says:

    I love the idea of using the peeler to make the apples thin enough for applesauce! I also love your lab page!!

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  2. Andrea says:

    I love that you make applesauce with your kiddos! Thanks for the great freebie, too!
    Andrea

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  3. Sara says:

    I totally need an apple peeler. That looks so much easier that peeling by hand and kids can actually help. Homemade applesauce sounds delicious right about now.

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    • Elisabeth says:

      I highly recommend the peeler! Mine is from the 70s (at least!) but they make a newer version. I used to slice the apples and have the kids cut them up into tiny pieces with plastic knives…which was never the best activity…

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  4. We love making applesauce too! I sometimes get carried away with the cinnamon! I like a lot in mine. Great investigation recording sheet, thanks for sharing!

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  5. Elizabeth Polo says:

    Love your apples! Great activities and lots of fun! Super cute! Thank you for sharing!

    Whoop-Whoop,
    ~Elizabeth

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  6. These are great activities to use and it seems like your kids really enjoy it. I bet they love the hands on. What grade do you teach?

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  7. Melinda King says:

    I never thought about using a peeler. I usually just cut chunks. I also love the idea of the kiddos bringing one apple. That is a great tip!

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  8. Love all your apple activities! We bet your kids can’t get enough!!! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Ashley and Brooklynn

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  9. Kelly Brown says:

    Neat apple ideas! I usually make applesauce, but I sure would love to have a peeler like you have!

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  10. Ashley and Brooklynn says:

    We love all of your ideas for apples! We have done that with our kiddos before…but, it has been a while. Reading all of your ideas has made us want to fit that in before Hallowe en! Thank you for sharing such fun, detailed ideas!

    Happy Fall!
    Ashley and Brooklynn

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  11. Sarah Barnett says:

    I can smell the applesauce from here!! I have always wanted to use one of those spiralizers…jealous! Great post!
    Sarah
    Mrs B’s First Grade

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