Field Day: Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed

Friday, September 30 & Friday, October 7

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Grades K–2

There are two opportunities for your students to enjoy a whole day of learning the science and history of apples. Students will engage in hands-on experiences that will give them valuable understanding of life cycles, plants and, of course, Johnny Appleseed.

What will my students do?

  • Meet Johnny Appleseed
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at Minnetrista’s apple pressing machines at work
  • Stroll through our orchard while the fruit is harvested by gardeners
  • Make cider with a hand-crank press
  • Create an educational apple craft
  • Take an apple home with them
  • And much more!

What will my students learn?

  • Understand that Johnny Appleseed (actually John Chapman) was a real figure in history
  • Use their five senses to determine differences in both trees and apples
  • Examine and understand how machines have changed over time and have impacted how we get the goods we need and want
  • Understand that a tree and the fruit that grows on it is a living thing with a specific process
  • Learn the roles of people who help us to obtain our food
  • Identify the anatomy of an apple

State Standards 


Language Arts Science Social Studies
Kindergarten K.4.8, K.7.1, K.7.5 K.1.1, K.4.2, K.6.1 K.1.1, K.1.3, K.1.4
1st Grade 7.1, 1.7.2, 1.7.5, 1.7.10 1.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.4.4, 1.5.3, 1.6.2 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.4
2nd Grade 2.7.1, 2.7.2, 2.7.7, 2.7.14 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.6, 2.3.1, 2.3.4, 2.4.1, 2.4.3, 2.4.4, 2.1.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.4