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The History of the Apple in the U.S.

The Pilgrims discovered crabapples had preceded them to America, but the fruit was not very edible. The Massachusetts Bay Colony requested seeds and cuttings from England, which were brought over on later voyages of the Mayflower. Other Europeans brought apple stock to Virginia and the Southwest, and a Massachusetts man, John Chapman, became famous for planting trees throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois (his name became "Johnny Appleseed"). Seeds from an apple given to a London sea captain in 1820 are sometimes said to be the origin of the State of Washington apple crop (now the largest in the U.S.). As the country was settled, nearly every farm grew some apples. (www.vermontapples.org)


An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away  (www. vegparadise.com) 

Easy on the digestion, apples contain malic and tartaric acids that inhibit fermentation in the intestines. Their high fiber content adds bulk that aids the digestive process, making elimination natural and comfortable. Apples contain pectin, a soluble fiber that encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.

Apples contain flavonoids, antioxidants that improve immune function and prevent heart disease and some cancers.

Because of their high water content, apples are cooling and moistening and aid in reducing fever. Simply grate them and serve them to feverish patients. Steamed apples sweetened with honey are beneficial for a dry cough and may help to remove mucous from the lungs.

Today medical practitioners are beginning to recognize that the apple's abundant quantity of pectin is an aid in reducing high cholesterol as well as blood sugar, a wonder food for people with coronary artery disease and diabetes.

If these aren't enough reasons to "eat an apple a day," there's more. Eating raw apples gives the gums a healthy massage and cleans the teeth. Apples are a good source of potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C. A medium apple, approximately 5 ounces, has only 81 calories and a whopping 3.7 grams of fiber from pectin, a soluble fiber. A medium apple supplies 159 mg of potassium, 3.9 mcg of folic acid, 7.9 mg of vitamin C, and 9.6 mg of calcium.


Apple Sauce

We enjoy making applesauce as a class. Simply ask each child to bring in one apple. Peel and core the apples. Then allow each child to chop the apple using a plastic knife. Place the small apple pieces in an electric skillet with water and bring to a boil. You may need to add more water as the cooking process continues. Stir occasionally and add sugar and cinnamon to taste. Once the apples have heated through and softened you may serve the apple sauce “chunky style” or you may mash or blend the apples to make a fine sauce.


Apple Prints

Cut several apples in half and allow the children to dip the flat side of the cut apples in red, yellow or green paint. Press the apple, painted side down, on paper to make an apple print. You may extend the process by first having the  children color a tree or basket on construction paper and then printing the apples on the tree or in the basket.


Apple Pattern Crowns

Cut yellow, red, and green apples using a die cut machine. Give each child a sentence strip or 3” x 18” strip of construction paper. Have the children glue the apples on the strip to form a pattern...red apple, green apple, red apple, green apple and so on. Staple the ends of the patterned strip to make a crown. Allow the children to wear their apple crowns.


Apple Seasons

Read a book such as: “The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree” or “Apples, Apples, Apples” and then have the students color the seasonal apple tree pictures using color crayons, pencils or markers. Next have each student write or cut and paste the correct season above each tree. The patterns for this activity are provided.



  Apple Write About It

Create a torn paper apple, mount the apple on a poster board and print or computer generate the words "Write About It" on the top of the poster. Laminate the poster if you want to reuse it year after year. Then affix a ribbon to the bottom of the apple poster by taping it to the back. Place Velcro dots on the ribbon about 4 to 5 inches apart. Write apple themed vocabulary words on sentence strips and place a Velcro dot on the back of these sentence strips. Attach the words to the ribbon and hang the apple write about it in the classroom. Children are able to use this as a word wall and take down the words they need for writing as they need them and then place them back on the ribbon.















A is for Apple

This is an easy and fun apple to make with students. Simply  use red construction paper for the apple, white for the inner apples, brown for the stem and green for the leaf. Use a black ink pen to draw in the seeds and end by having the students print a capital and lowercase "Aa" or the word "apple" inside the apple below the seeds.





 Apples, Apples, Apples

Cut a large apple out of card stock without the leaves or stem. Place this pattern on a 12" x 18" piece of white construction paper and hold in place with a small tape loop. Use red, green, and yellow crayon to draw short crayon strokes that begin on the card stock and extend off the card stock onto the white paper. Do this all       the way around each apple. Remove the card stock pattern from the paper and you are left with an apple print. Next, cut leaves and stems from construction paper and glue them in place on your apple print.














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