We began our study by reading a Stopwatch book entitled Apple Tree by Barrie Watts.
The book does an excellent job with the text and photographs in teaching young children (or anyone) the process by which an apple tree produces fruit and grows throughout the four seasons.
We bundled up to go out in the rain to make our observations and collect apple blossoms.
First we looked at the general characteristics of the tree.
We used a measuring tape to estimate the height. The tree is about 40 feet high. We used a flexible measuring tape to measure the circumference of the trunk. It is 120 inches around. We looked up into the leaves and blossoms which are beginning to fall. We observed the bark which is dark brown, green, and black.
Each child carried a bucket to collect some blossoms.
We counted five petals on each bloom and examined the pollen. The boys immediately remembered that bees get the pollen on their legs and bring it from flower to flower. (Thank you Barrie Watts!) They each brought their collection into the house for closer observation and journaling.
We smelled the blossoms sweet aroma. We observed the white and subtle pink color. Each boy drew a tree with blossoms and a close up including five petals with pollen. They dictated their observations to me which I recorded.
We concluded today's study by having an apple for snack. Later in the week we will read The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons and completing other apple theme related work.