Until earlier this year I believed that Johnny Appleseed was nothing more than a tall-tale. You can imagine my surprise when I began to read more about him…
This summer when I was planning our homeschooling year, I started working on this Johnny Appleseed Unit. I was really excited and learned a lot about Johnny when we changed course and decided to study Ancient History instead. But I had already started the unit, bought the clipart, researched a bit…so I decided to just finish it anyway. It’ll be all ready for us when we are ready for it!
And for now, all of you can enjoy it!
Last minute I decided to go ahead and make some go-along packs for the younger ones. Putting packs together can be cathartic for me, so I was enjoying it.
So, what’s in the packs? Well let’s start with the unit. I’ve put together a few biographical units now and found that it’s impossible to encompass everything in one small packs. So I’ve designed them to accompany a book. Not necessarily any book in particular, but a biography. There is so much to learn about Johnny Appleseed that there is no way I could have all of that in one pack! I highly encourage you to borrow a book from the library and read it while going through this unit.
The unit features a small reader book with some main facts about Johnny Appleseed. That is accompanied by an “All About Johnny Appleseed” page. All the answers on the page can be found in the reader book. There is also some copywork, a page about tall-tales, word search, and 3-part cards.
Last in the unit is the narrative pages. I’ve been reading The Well Trained Mind and really embraced the idea of the narrative. It’s perfect for Baloo and so far, we’ve both been enjoying them (which is not something I could say about creative writing in the past).
I cannot say how closely I follow the method in the book, but what works for us is reading a good biography together. After we’re done we pick one topic to write a few sentences about. We recently read The B.F.G by Roald Dahl and Baloo wrote a few sentences about his favorite scene. For biographies I like to have him narrate something that impressed him. He dictates and I write (for now. Soon he will be writing too) and then he illustrates.
The Tot Pack
This short pack is designed for toddlers (Logi-Bear is 2.5 and would do well with most of this)
9 Part Puzzle
Jj is for Johnny Appleseed Page
The PreK Pack
For kids beyond the tot pack and up to about kindergarten
What Comes Next?
4 Piece Puzzles
What Is Different?
1-10 Clip Cards
J/j Dot Marker Page
The Math Pack
About K-2nd Level
100s Apple Chart
1-10 Addition Puzzle
Coloring Pages and Facts
I wanted to make some cute coloring pages, but why not spice them up with facts? Perfect to accompany any study about Johnny Appleseed!
I hope you enjoy the packs! I did really enjoy putting them together
Johnny Appleseed Books I Recommend: