What do you know about


1. Apples come in many COLORS.

2. There are over 7,500 varieties of apples.


3. Bobbing for apples is a traditional fall game in the United States.

Fun Fact: Apples float because they are 25% air.

4. Three states produce over 85 percent of US apples.

5. Many English expressions include apples.

6. A farm that grows fruit trees is called an orchard.

Which state grows the most apples?

How many varieties of apples are there?

Which of the following is NOT a typical apple color?

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Main Focus: understanding fun facts about the apples 

Minor Focus: where the fruit is grown, what state produces the most, traditions, etc.


  • Download and print guided notes sheet 

Step 1: Introduce the Daily Objective

Today’s lesson will introduce learners to understand some basic info about apples.

This lesson helps you give students a LOT of rich input about a variety of things related to the apple. Don’t worry about them learning to produce all this language right away. In this lesson, they’ll hear and see the following:

where the fruit is grown, what state produces the most, traditions, colors, varieties, etc.

Step 2: Question of the day

Activate some prior knowledge: What do they already know about apples? 

They might not be able to answer this now, but it’s a great question for them to think about and revisit later!

Apples provide food and jobs for a lot of people!

Step 3: Notes sheet

Give each student a notes sheet to fill out as you teach about apples. 

The notes sheet is numbered to help students follow along, and the words they will add are marked in orange to stand out a bit. 






Step 4: Talking points + extra ideas for teaching


Show the video and let students get the big idea that apples come in different colors and each one has a unique taste. Red, yellow, green and pink! 


There are over 7500 types of apples!

*If you can, bring in 2-3 types to compare. Show a FUJI (one they are likely used to seeing) and then 1 or two more another to compare (and taste!).

Skim over the infographic of apples and highlight one or two (example:  one that is grown in your area or your state, one that comes from another country) Make comparisons – how firm/juicy/sweet is it compared to others?



Has anyone ever played this game? Tell about a time you saw this or tried it.

Watch the video for fun!



Look over the graph. Washington produces almost twice as many apples as others. Does your state make the list?


Read over the 4 popular expressions that include the word APPLE. 

Challenge them to match each saying with the correct meaning below. 


BAD APPLE: someone who causes problems

THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE: A child usually grows up to be like their parents

THE BIG APPLE: a nickname for New York City

AN APPLE A DAY…: Eating healthy food keeps you healthy so you won’t need a doctor 


Show the video for some of the top orchards in the South. This video explain details about what makes each one special. Do you have an apple orchard near you? Look it up together! 



Check for Learning

Refer back to the daily objective.

Can they identify basic information about apples from today’s lesson?

Let them take the interpretive reading quiz! (alone or with a partner) 


 Immediate feedback: Go over the correct answers with them before they leave. 

Mark their “Objective Sheets” if they can do it at their proficiency target.

Homework Idea:

    • Calculate: How many apples do they eat each week? Each year?
    • How many apples does the class eat each week? Each year? 
    • Look at the sticker on their next apple… Did it come from Washington?
    • Count the banana varieties available at the grocery store. How many are there?
    • Try Apple Origami and hang them around the class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFkG_8oamLA&t=29s

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