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Autumn Apple Picking

 

Introduction:  
  Lets go apple picking!! Apple picking is one of my favorite fall activities. We need enough apples to fill my basket in order to make some great fall recipes like applesauce, apple pie, and apple crisp. But how, you ask, do you pick apples on the computer? Well join me on this virtual apple picking adventure of a web quest. In order to pick an apple, you have to complete some fun and exciting fall activities. We will learn all about what fun fall has to offer, such as traditional holidays, activities, stories, and finally a delicious recipe! We will listen to stories about Autumn and learn new fall words. Come, lets go enter the apple orchard to begin!
Task:  
  If you would like to go apple picking, get ready to learn some new and exciting fall facts and information. In the orchard, you will experience words that may be new to you. Be ready to learn these words by not only defining them, but be sure to describe the words in detail using complete sentences, of course! We will also listen to several fall stories, some even on video clips! Remember to use your listening strategies to be able to answer several questions during and at the end of the story. We will learn about two fall holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. You will learn some fun facts and information about these holidays, then in your own words describe them to the group. Remember it is important to use a big voice, good looking, complete sentences, and all of your sounds when speaking in front of a group. For each of these activities you will earn the opportunity to pick apples from the trees in the orchard. Upon filling the basket, you will then be able to follow the directions to complete a delicious fall recipe!
Process:  
 

1. Learn some fall facts by visiting the web site:

http://www.kidskonnect.com/subject-index/32-holidaysseasons/113-autumn.html

Use your resources (remember: peers, internet, reference books, etc.) to define and describe in your own words the following vocabulary words: Autumn, fall, season, equinox, crop, harvest, traditions, season, weather, temperature, coat.

2. Read and listen to the following short stories found at this web site:

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/fall/short-stories/

This activity will be completed together as a group to work on listening skills. Listen as I read the following story. Follow along by viewing the story on the Smart Board. Use good listening skills, because I will ask you some questions along the way about the story and at the end!

3. Visit the informational web sites to learn about the traditions of two populate fall holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. Visit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

to learn about Halloween and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving

to learn about Thanksgiving. Use more resources such as additional web sites, books, and peers to learn more about these holidays. Formulate six sentences in your own words to describe each holiday. Please be prepared to share your information with the group. Remember to use a big voice, good looking and eye contact, complete sentences, and all of your speech sounds! You can bring pictures and/or other materials to help you share what you have learned about the holidays.
4. Upon successfully completing each of these activities, you will earn enough apples to fill the basket in order to make this delicious fall recipe! Follow the directions found at this web site to complete the following recipe with the group in the home EC room: http://recipes.kaboose.com/apple-cranberry-crumble.html

Resources:  
  Internet Web sites:
1. DLTK Autumn Activities Web site
http://www.dltk-holidays.com/fall/index.html
This web site contains a multitude of activities related to a variety of themes for young children. This portion of the web site includes autumn related crafts, stories, projects, and activities. There are autumn crafts, puzzles, games, poetry, songs, recipes, and printable worksheets. There are also bulletin board ideas and additional web site links for more related activities.

2. Apples for the Teacher Web site:
http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/fall/
This web site provided a great deal of information and activities regarding fall including a comprehensive list of fall books for kids, factual information, worksheets, activities, crafts, coloring pages, and more! There are also fall related activities under specific content areas.
3. Disney Family Fun Web site: Awesome Activities for Autumn:
http://familyfun.go.com/autumn/
This web site contains a variety of kid-friendly activities related to fall such as: crafts, recipes, and games. I found the crafts to be very creative, yet they appear easy to complete requiring a few materials, often using the natural environment. The games were actual gross motor games to play outside, not just online video game activities.

4. Lanternfish
http://bogglesworldesl.com/
When searching using the key words autumn vocabulary I came upon this web site geared for an ESL teacher which contains a multitude of language based activities. There are sections in which you can create your own crosswords, flashcards, BINGO games, and custom worksheets. Vocabulary, grammar, phonics, and comprehension are targeted with activities on this web site

5. Kids Connect:
http://www.kidskonnect.com/subject-index/32-holidaysseasons/113-autumn.html
This web site was jammed packed with information, activities, and additional links to Autumn activities. It contained a very simple, easy-to-read Autumn Fast Facts sheet. I discovered more vocabulary and science-related information regarding trees and leaf growth and development. There was a great deal of quick links to more fall-related activities.

Kaboose:
6. http://holidays.kaboose.com/fall/
This web site also had a great deal of craft ideas, Autumn activities, Halloween and Thanksgiving recipes and activities. What I found very interesting with this web site was there were videos to view online of activities and crafts. There were also different word games, word searches, mazes, and word scrambles. More fall pictures, clip art, and printables are available at this web site

7. www.wikipedia.com
This is a very popular online encyclopedia to obtain basic information about virtually any subject matter. This web site can be utilized to obtain factual information regarding Autumn and the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving.


Evaluation:  
  1: Needs more effort 2. Good job 3. Outstanding
Vocabulary: 1. The student provided definitions for a portion of the target vocabulary, but needs to improve upon his/her ability to use more detailed examples and descriptions in their own words.
2. The student provided definitions for a majority of the target vocabulary and used additional examples, but needs to use more details and descriptions in their own words.
3. The student provided definitions for all of the target vocabulary words and clearly described the target words using details in their own words.

Comprehension: 1. The student listened and responded to a portion of the target comprehension questions, requiring a great deal of repetition, clarification, prompts, and cues to answer correctly.
2. The student listened and responded to a majority of the target comprehension questions, requiring some prompts and cues to answer correctly.
3. The student listened and responded to nearly all of the target comprehension questions, requiring minimal prompts and cues to answer correctly.

Verbal expression: 1. The student verbally described one fall holiday, but had difficulty using an audible voice, proper articulation skills, eye contact, and correct grammar in verbal expression.
2. The student verbally described two fall holidays, using a good voice, articulation, eye contact, and grammar for most of the oral presentation, but continues to need improvement in some areas.
3. The student verbally described two fall holidays, using an audible voice, proper articulation, eye contact and grammar appropriately during virtually the entire oral presentation.

Recipe: 1. The student followed directions to complete a fall recipe, but required assistance and prompting for each step.
2. The student followed directions to complete a fall recipe, requiring additional prompts and cues for some of the steps.
3. The student independently followed directions to complete a fall recipe, requiring minimal prompts and cues.

Conclusion:  
  How did you like apple picking? Did you fill the basket? Which activities were easiest for you to earn an apple? Which were hard? How did you enjoy learning more about Autumn?

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