This Johnny Appleseed unit study is designed to help kids ages 5-10 learn more about John Chapman and his contributions.
As we head into autumn, many of us are planning to teach our young kids about apples. And, in my opinion, you can’t have an apple study without mentioning Johnny Appleseed.
The free printables below will help you introduce your little ones to Johnny Appleseed while digging a little deeper into his life with your older ones.
John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer. He is credited with the planting of apple trees along America’s eastern seaboard.
Johnny Appleseed had a great love for apples and their cultivation. Eventually, he became a legend in his own time and was even immortalized in Walt Disney’s film “Johnny Appleseed”.
Johnny Appleseed Unit Study
Johnny Appleseed is an American legend, and he’s also a great topic for a unit study. There are many lessons that can be learned from the life of John Chapman.
He not only taught people about apple trees, but he also helped to pioneer the industry of apple farming.
Johnny Appleseed Activities
This Johnny Appleseed themed unit study is perfect for kids in grades K-3. It’s designed for use in both a homeschool and classroom setting.
Field Trip Options
One of the most obvious field trips to take during a study of apples and/or Johnny Appleseed is to an apple orchard. You can learn about orchards, pick fresh apples, and even try apple fritters, apple cider, or apple doughnuts.
If you live near Urbana, Ohio, you can visit the Johnny Appleseed Museum. There you and your kid can learn all about Johnny Appleseed and his contributions.
If you live near Biglerville, PA, you can visit the National Apple Museum which has lots of information about Johnny Appleseed.
Johnny Appleseed Movies for Kids
I love to incorporate movies and videos into our unit studies whenever possible. They’re perfect for sick days or rainy days. Here are a few ideas for kids:
- Shelley Duvall’s Tall Tales & Legends: Johnny Appleseed
- Disney’s American Legends (includes Johnny Appleseed)
- Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed Books for Kids
In addition to adding movies to my lesson plans, I love to include a wide variety of books. I use some selections for read-alouds and save others for independent reading.
Johnny Appleseed Printables
I have a fun mini-pack of Johnny Appleseed printables that you can use within your Johnny Appleseed unit.
Inside this printable, you’ll find two pages of facts about Johnny Appleseed. You can read these aloud to your younger students, or you can have your older students read them on their own.
Next, is a true/false page. Kids will read statements about Johnny Appleseed and determine whether it’s true or false. There is an answer key included.
Then, kids will label an apple diagram. They can use the word back to make sure they spell the words correctly. There is an answer key included which can also be used ahead of time as a teaching diagram.
Next, young children will count the seeds in each apple, and circle the correct number.
Finally, older children will unscramble words related to Johnny Appleseed. If necessary, you can write the words on an index card to use as a word bank. There is an answer key included for this activity, as well.
Johnny Appleseed Resources
Don’t miss this apple unit study that is perfect for grades K-3. Find books, videos, printables, and hands-on activities to build the perfect unit!
Johnny Appleseed coloring pages are a great addition to your autumn, apple, and Johnny Appleseed themes.
This fall, use this free printable Johnny Appleseed letter matching game to teach and reinforce letter recognition with your preschoolers.
Young learners will have fun practicing their counting skills with this free activity featuring Johnny Appleseed for preschool.
Whether you’re celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day or supplementing your apples preschool theme, don’t miss this free Johnny Appleseed preschool activity pack!
Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with these fun, hands-on activities that teach about his life and about apples.
Fill your autumn book basket with one or more of these storybook versions of the Johnny Appleseed story. Perfect for Johnny Appleseed Day!
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