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Hicksville Illustrated News - Schools

Fourth Graders Learn About Johnny Appleseed

Hicksville fourth-grade students at Old Country Road School celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day with an array of classroom activities ranging from lessons rooted in science and math to the making of applesauce.   

Teachers Patricia Collier, Donna Kobilca and Christine Moir introduced the subject matter with a thought-provoking literacy lesson designed to help students discern the differences between the legacy of the real man, John Chapman, and his mythical alter ego Johnny Appleseed.

The morning continued with classroom lessons that compared and contrasted several varieties of apples by scientifically observing the sizes, shapes, weights and tastes of the fruits. Apples sliced into segments reinforced math lessons in fractions, addition and subtraction. Students created line plots and graphs detailing their collected data.

All through the morning the aroma of homemade applesauce wafted through the halls as students discussed the physical and chemical changes the apples went through during the cooking process. As a reward for their hard work, they were able to taste the pureed fruit of their labors.