NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR CLASSROOM – WEEK 29 – March 20, 2019
Johnny Appleseed visits the National Day Calendar Classroom during Week 29. This legendary folk hero lived during the late 1700s and early 1800s, planting a variety of fruit trees across the nation. He is most known for planting apple trees. The classroom projects will provide fun ways to learn about his life and apples, too!
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LESSON 1 – Johnny Appleseed Day
Johnny Appleseed was known as an eccentric man, even for his time. There are several books written about John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. We’ve chosen three books for different age groups. Choose one that’s appropriate for your classroom. Then have them discuss the qualities that best describe the man that became a legend.
Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esme’ Raji Codell Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
Ages 4-8 years
Johnny Appleseed – The Story of a Legend by Will Moses
Johnny Appleseed Ready To Read by Jane Kurtz and illustrated by Mary Haverfield
Ages 4-6 years
Lesson 2 – Johnny Appleseed Day
Using the sheet provided, students may write their answers on the branches of Johnny Appleseed’s trees to one of the questions below. The classroom may choose a different question to ask as well. Depending on the question asked, the responses written on the form will be different. Several questions could be asked regarding Johnny Appleseed.
- What qualities made Johnny Appleseed legendary?
- What characteristics did you like best about Johnny Appleseed?
- What about Johnny Appleseed’s life do you think still impacts us today?
- How would life be different if Johnny Appleseed hadn’t existed?
- Who do you know that exhibits similar characteristics to Johnny Appleseed?
We would love to hear about your classroom’s responses. Please feel free to contact us using the contact us link.