10 Ways to Teach Your Children
and Learn about Autumn with an Apple Unit Study
Don’t you just LOVE Fall? That chill in the air… the crimson leaves… the warm apple cider? Fall has always been my favorite season. There is something magical about it. Don’t you long for a slice of warm apple pie à la mode? A few years ago, I put together a Charlotte Mason type of study – a unit study of sorts. I want to share that with you, today, for our Read Aloud Wednesday Linkup!
I love to cuddle up with a fluffy blanket and my children on our sofa and read these books. I chose these books because they all weave together to form a backdrop for what is happening around us. The weather turns, the seasons change, and there are apples all around! Below, I put together a list of books that work together to help your children in grades K-3 learn about Autumn, but also about science, seasons, geography, history, baking and more through an apple unit study!
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Fall Read Alouds for your Apple Unit Study:
Apples, Apples Everywhere! – Learning About Apple Harvests by Robin Koontz and Nadine Takvorian
(Learn about apples, games involving apples, and apple harvests in a fun picture book format)
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall and Shari Halpern
(Beautiful story of the seasons of the apple tree, ends with a warm baked apple pie & includes a wonderful recipe to make your own pie with your kids! We loved this one and loved the pie. Yum.)
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
(This book is a wonderful story of a young boy & his apple tree. It really showcases the different seasons!)
(Awesome illustrations; this book is a science text in picture book form.)
Why Do the Leaves Change Color? by
(This book is a great resource to explain scientifically WHY the color of leaves change in the Fall. This has a fun craft written in the back, as well. Fun picture book – easy for kids to understand!)
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
(I LOVE this book! The illustrations are unique and fascinating! The story is fun and oh so cute! The kids love this one – I’ve read it again and again!)
Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shepherd and Masumi Furukawa
The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed by Margaret Hodges and Kimberly Bulcken Root
(My kids really enjoyed the books about Johnny Appleseed. This one has nice pictures and text and is very easy for the kids to understand.)
(Not a picture book or a read aloud – this book is a fantastic resource for getting your children in touch with nature and nature studies. This will guide you through each month – each season with pictures and places to draw, write, and study! Excellent resource for every homeschooling student.)
More resources for a Fall Nature Study:
One Small Square: Woods – by Donald Silver and Patricia Wynne
Rabbits, Squirrels and Chipmunks by
How these are woven together:
- Start by reading Apples, Apples Everwhere. This book is all about apples and is a fun “intro” to our unit study. Have the kids write something they love about apples (or about something that is made with apples).
- Read, The Apple Pie Tree and use the recipe included in the book to make an apple pie. It is simple, I promise!
- Read The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree followed by The Reason for the Seasons. Discuss what happens in each season and why. Have the kids draw a picture of the apple tree in each season.
- Use this printable below as a guide.
- Read Why Do the Leaves Change Color? and go outside and see the leaves. Collect some leaves and then do the craft in the back of the book!
- Read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. Talk about the 7 continents, the Northern & Southern Hemisphere, the Equator, maps. Have them draw a map of the world, while looking at a map or a globe.
- Have the kids track the route that the character took in the story, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.
- Let them write (or dictate for younger students) their own story based on How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. My son wrote a story about how to make carrot cake while travelling the world (one of his favorite desserts!)
- Read the last two stories about Johnny Appleseed and discuss the time in history that it took place. Do a character study on the traits found in Johnny Appleseed. Let the kids write a summary of his life in their notebook or copy a small section for copywork.
- Go on a nature walk using Nature Connection as a guide. Learn about the woods and the animals that live there.
- Download our Fall counting printable and Apple Addition, below!
(To find more printables, and to get the password to print them, please visit this page.)
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Leah Courtney says
I love that you presented it at as a whole unit study! There are some great books here. We really enjoyed How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the USA. And we used to always read the Johnny Appleseed books when the kids were little and we headed to the apple orchard. 🙂
Leah – Thanks! I love the idea of going to the apple orchard, too! I grew up in the NorthEast and always went to the orchard every Fall.
Karen Patten says
This was such a fun post! Fall is my favorite season and I love the collection of books and great activities to convince my boys that it should be their favorite season too!
Thanks Karen! I’m glad you enjoyed it. My kids and I had fun with these read alouds!!!
annette @ a net in time says
nice way to tie it all together.
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World… one my my favorite and my kids’ too. We make an apple pie when we get done reading it. Such wonderful memories!
Thanks for sharing with #What to Read Wednesday. We hope you will link-up again next week!
Yes! One of our very favorites! Thanks for leaving a comment. I will definitely link up next week!