The Topic:
Apples

Easier - Apples are a round, usually crisp fruit of the apple tree. Apples usually have red skin but may be a shade of red, green, or yellow.
 
Harder - Apples are one of the most popular and important fruits that grow on trees. Apple trees are a member of the rose family. There are hundreds of different apple varieties with colors of the fruit ranging from various shades of red to green and yellow. The flavor of apples also varies from tart to sweet. Apples are about 85 percent water and contain vitamins A and C, potassium, pectin, and fiber.
 
Over half the apples grown (two billion bushels throughout the world) are eaten fresh. The remainder are baked into pies and other dishes and are used to make apple butter, apple juice, applesauce, jelly, and wine. Apple juice may be further processed into vinegar. Most apple products are canned or bottled, dried, or frozen.
 
All About Apples!
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Vista/9202/welcome.html
This site has information about the science and production of apples.
 
Apples and More from University of Illinois Extension
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/apples/
Here you find information about apple farms, nutrition, activities for children and much more.
 
Johnny Appleseed Homepage
http://www.msc.cornell.edu/~weeds/SchoolPages/Appleseed/welcome.html
For forty-nine years, John Chapman ("Johnny Appleseed") roamed the American wilderness, devotedly planting apple trees. He created apple orchards in the wildernesses of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana, spanning an estimated area of 100,000 square miles. Some of these trees are still bearing fruit after 150 years.
Other Johnny Appleseed Sites:
2) Appleseed Alley http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Fields/9587/
3) Johnny Appleseed by Frank B. McAllister
http://www.ruralvermont.com/vermontweathervane/issues/fall/97009/appleseed.html
4) Johnny Appleseed: A Pioneer Hero from Harper's New Monthly Magazine http://mason.gmu.edu/~drwillia/apple/ja2sm.html
5) 'The Johnny Appleseed Story' http://www.conl.com/leominster/story.htm
 
U.S. Apple Association
http://www.usapple.org/
U. S. Apple is the national trade association for the U.S. apple industry.
Related Websites:
2) Best Apples on Earth from the Washington Apple Commission http://www.bestapples.com/
3) Core Values Northeast http://www.corevalues.org/
4) Michigan Apples from the Michigan Apple Commission http://michiganapples.com/
5) Apple Country (New York Apple Association) http://www.nyapplecountry.com/main.html
  
After visiting several of the websites, complete one or more of the following apple projects:
 
Complete an Internet Treasure Hunt. Complete the Johnny Appleseed Hunt created by Mrs. Vaudo. Use the Internet to answer the questions in a quiz on the American legend.
 
Dry Some Apples. First visit sites like eHow to Dry Apples by Sally Ann Barnes, Drying Fruits, and Drying Fruits and Vegetables by Susan Reynolds to learn about the procedures for drying apples. If you gather your own apples, do not use them once they have fallen onto the ground; they cannot be used because of the threat of E-coli contamination.
 
Complete an Apple WebQuest. Adapt or follow the procedures found at one of the following webQuest sites:
1) Apple WebQuest by Linda LaCosse (Grade K) http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/llacosse/webquest.htm
2) Apples by Linda Crawford and Vernene Finger (Grades K-3) http://www.esc20.net/etprojects/formats/webquests/summer99/northside/apples/default.html
3) Looking Deep into the Core! by Maily Vosekuil, Stacie Heidl, and Angie Heling http://www.coehs.uwosh.edu/courses/173254sp00/SAM's%20web%20stuff/SAM/apple_web
quest.htm
 
Make an Apple Product Display. Find out what products are made from apples. Then create a display that highlights the different apple products.
 
Cook Up Some Apple Treats. Find and select a recipe from Delicious Apple Recipes, Apple Recipes, Apple Recipes, and Abigail's Apple Recipes.
 
Websites By Kids For Kids
Retelling of Johnny Appleseed's Life Story (Grade 2)
http://cnug.clackesd.k12.or.us/cedaroak/Teachers/old%20teachers/McClain/McClain.html
Children in a second grade class share what they learned about the life of Johnny Appleseed and the impact he made on the lives of the early settlers.
Similar Website:
2) Story of Johnny Appleseed
http://www.hipark.austin.isd.tenet.edu/projects/second/ja/ja.html
  
More Apple Sites
Core Curriculum at Epicurious Food
http://www.epicurious.com/c_play/c04_victual/apples/apples.html
Click on the name of any of the 16 apple varieties for a crib-sheet on its virtues, how it fared in a scrupulous taste test, and a bushel of recipes.
 
Processed Apples Institute
http://www.appleproducts.org/
Here you can find nutritional information and processing facts about how apples are converted to apple juice. The website also has recipes for nonalcoholic drinks made with apple juice.
 
Training and Pruning Apple Trees by C. G. Forshey
(Cornell Cooperation Extension Publication / Info Bulletin #112)
http://eap.mcgill.ca/CPTFP_7.htm
Apple trees need to be pruned throughout their lives. Proper pruning and training of young apple trees should produce strong, well-structured trees that yield a large crop of high-quality fruit.
Related Website:
2) Pruning and Training Young Apple Trees by Richard Jauron, Iowa State University
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1995/3-3-1995/ptree.html
3) Tree Fruit in the Home Garden by Diane Relf & Rich Marini, Virginia Tech
http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/envirohort/426-841/426-841.html
 
Virtual Orchard
http://www.VIRTUALORCHARD.net/
This site for sustainable apple production provides a forum for research and extension projects dealing with commercial apple production and marketing issues.
 
What to Do with Apples Beyond Sauce by Lynn Siprelle at The New Homemaker
http://www.newhomemaker.com/cooking/apples1.html
Here you can learn about the many ways of storing and preparing apples.
  
Websites For Teachers
An Apple for Your Thoughts by Sally Zengaro (Grades 6-8)
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Lang_arts/Writing_comp/WCP0002.html
Students in writing classes are given apples and are asked to examine them closely for unique characteristics that will serve as the basis for a descriptive paragraph.
 
Apple Dolls (Grades K-6)
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Interdisciplinary/INT0004.html
Students will learn about making one pioneer children's toy.
 
Apple Theme at Teacher Features
http://www.teacherfeatures.com/themes/apple_theme.htm
This links-site connects to lesson and activity sites for apples.
 
Apples
http://unitstudiesforkids.homestead.com/Apples.html
This links-site connects to lots of lessons and activities for apples.
 
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Barbara S. Yingling
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/socialstd/grade2/How_Make.html
This storyby Marion Priceman (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, NY, 1994) is about a girl who gathers the ingredients for an apple pie from locations all over the world. (Can be used in conjunction with Apple Picking Time.
Related Website:
2) Apple Picking Time (Grade 3)
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/socialstd/grade3/Apple_Picking.html
 
Johnny Appleseed: A American Legend
http://www.richmond.edu/~ed344/webunits/khistory/johnnyappleseed2.html
Here you find a unit plan for teaching about apples and Johnny Appleseed. It has lots of activities and great lesson plans.
Another Similar Website:
2) Johnny Appleseed Educational Project http://faculty.acu.edu/~armstrongl/geography/apple.htm
 
SAM's Home Page by Stacie Angie and Maily (Grades 1-3)
http://www.coehs.uwosh.edu/courses/173254sp00/SAM's%20web%20stuff/SAM/apple
_home_page.htm
This unit covers different math concepts including graphs/charts, fractions, and estimation. Explore the different presentations, lesson plans, and webquest related to apples and their uses.
  
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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 1/99
Updated, 10/00