School Tours: Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed

September–November
Grades K–2 (90 minutes each)

Pairs well with:

  • Tours—Garden Science, Creepy Crawlies
  • Shows—My Plate: The Musical

Johnny Appleseed’s stories and antics will captivate your class. Your students will not only discover why apples are an important part of the Ball family and Minnetrista history but also why they’re important to people and the earth.

What will my students do?

  • Meet Johnny Appleseed in person
  • Compare Minnetrista’s old growth apple trees to those from the younger apple orchard
  • See a modern cider press; use a hand-crank press to make cider, then taste-test the results
  • Explore the life cycle of an apple

What will my students learn?

  • Realize that small things have great potential
  • 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 many parts  

State Standards

Kindergarten

Language Arts: K.4.8, K.7.1, K.7.5

Science: K.1.1, K.4.2, K.6.1

Social Studies: K.1.1, K.1.3, K.1.4

1st Grade

Language Arts: 1.7.1, 1.7.2, 1.7.5, 1.7.10

Science: 1.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.4.4, 1.5.3, 1.6.2

Social Studies: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.4

2nd Grade

Language Arts: 2.7.1, 2.7.2, 2.7.7, 2.7.14

Science: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.6, 2.3.1, 2.3.4, 2.4.1, 2.4.3, 2.4.4,

Social Studies: 2.1.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.4