Making applesauce is always a fun treat in Kindergarten. We work together to peel the apples and add the ingredients. It makes the classroom smell so good as it cooks all day. It is one of the most complete ways we can discover using our 5 senses: We taste the apples, we feel how they spin going through the “machine”, we see the red, look for bad spots or worm holes, we hear the crunch of the apples as they go through the slicer, we smell the apples cooking in the slow cooker. When we finished making the apple sauce, we used our writing workshop time to write about how to make applesauce. What I noticed the most was how much more complete our writing was when we had a specific task we were writing about. We had a recent memory to use in our representation. It gave us a focus that we haven’t had before. When we, as a class, sat down to talk about this activity, these are the steps we came up with:
First, you need to choose your apples very carefully:
Second, you need to peel, slice and core them:
Third, put them in a slow cooker:
Then, “carefully” measure out the brown sugar and cinnamon:
Let it simmer all day (makes the room smell yummy too!):
Let it cool, blend it up and taste it!