A little project I have finished is a Johnny Appleseed packet!  

Many of you know that Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is September 26th- that is this Wednesday!  We study the seasons in second grade in Georgia and I find that Johnny Appleseed ties in nicely.

 I wanted to hit a few Common Core Standards- especially writing routinely  with short and long term research projects.  We have to do two short term research projects this quarter and so far I have done a big fat 0. So Johnny to the rescue!

This is a one day lesson for reading and writing. I tried to pack in many standards into the lessons:

  • RL.2.1. Ask and
    answer such questions as who, what, where,
    when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key
    details in a text.
  • RL.2.10. By the end
    of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in
    the grades 2–3 text complexity
    band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • RI.2.1. Ask and answer such questions
    as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate
    understanding of key details in a text.
  • RI.2.6. Identify the main purpose of a
    text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
  • W.2.2. Write
    informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and
    definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • W.2.7. Participate
    in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a
    single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
  • W.2.8. Recall information from experiences or gather
    information from provided sources to answer a question

In reading student will ask and answer questions about Johnny Appleseed with Steven Kellogg’s book and collect interesting facts on a graphic organizer.  In writing student will read an online article to find the big idea and why Johnny Appleseed is famous.  After reading and discuss both sources students will use information gathered from the sources to write and publish an informational paragraph about Johnny Appleseed AND an adorable page peek-over craft.

This 19 page packet has everything you need for the lesson, including:

•Second Grade Common Core Standards addressed in these
•Explicit reading and writing lesson plans that include a
hook, teaching point, and summary
•Printable pieces for an anchor chart
•Brainstorm web
•Final Draft paper for publishing
•Johnny Appleseed “peek over” craft
It is NOT quite ready to be posted on Teachers Pay Teachers.   I want to take a photograph of the anchor chart and the anchor chart is at school.  Whoops. I will be posting it for $3 tomorrow evening.

BUT I am giving away two free copies to readers.  Just leave a comment below! I will randomly choose a winner tomorrow!

Psssttt…. I am also giving away this packet on my Facebook page to two random people that comment on the thread if you want to up your odds!  May the odds ever be in your favor!

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  1. Rachel September 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Love teaching about Johnny Appleseed! Great way to integrate a lot of the content areas!


  2. Ash September 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Great unit! Just in time for his birthday celebration!

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  3. Special Teacher for Special Kids September 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I am a loyal blog follower and have been trying to learn so much. This looks wonderful and I love the cute crafty too! My little special needs students would love to create a peak over Johnny craft. I would love to have one to use with my students. Thank you for the chance to win one.

    :o) V.

  4. chopsaem September 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    We've never taught Johnny Appleseed before so this resource will come in really handy! Can't wait to get our apple focus on in class here the Northwest (we just grow the most amazing apples)!

  5. Anonymous September 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Oh how I could use this!!! I am new to 2nd grade this year and this unit is perfect!!! Thank you for creating this and for the chance to win one 🙂

  6. Jennifer September 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Very cute!!

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  7. aes17 September 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    looks great!

  8. Meredith Gilbert September 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    This looks great! I am going to be teaching a 1/2 combo for reading starting TOMORROW and I was planning on doing something JA next week!
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  9. Miss Emily September 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    This looks good. I love doing Johnny Appleseed with my second graders

  10. Mrs. Brown September 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    This looks great!


  11. Cindy September 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Too cute!! Fingers are crossed!! :o)


  12. Lisa R. September 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I love it!! This would be great for our Apple Day on Friday! Fingers crossed too. 🙂
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  13. Kendra September 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Such a cute idea! I LOVE it! Integrating both reading and writing into a lesson is wonderful!!

  14. Bren P. September 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    What a cute Johnny Appleseed unit!


  15. Lori Rosenberg September 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Your new unit looks juicy! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  16. Janine September 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks for giving some of your creativity to us less creative folks! I am keeping my fingers crossed.


  17. KWintuska September 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Awesome job! This looks fantastic 🙂


  18. Gina September 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I would love to use this to celebrate his birthday this week!! Cute activity 🙂

  19. kim smith September 24, 2012 at 12:54 am

    This looks great. I just found you site last week and love it!

  20. Lori September 24, 2012 at 1:43 am

    This looks wonderful! I am looking forward to seeing it all!!

  21. Heather September 24, 2012 at 2:16 am

    This would be perfect! =) Especially seeing as Johnny's hometown is only a couple towns away from where we are! =)

  22. The Sherman Four September 24, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I love primary for this reason! Getting to celebrate such fun stuff! girlforgod27@aol.com

  23. Lauren September 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Generosity during the harvest season, awesome!! I'd love to get to see what you've done with this! I'm an elementary librarian in Maryland. Thanks for your consideration.

  24. Suzy Q September 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

    You've done a great job integrating things!

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  25. Meaghan McLaughlin September 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    This looks great! It is perfect for my second graders!

  26. Kelly S. September 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    This is wonderful!

  27. traceyv September 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I love this packet. I follow your blog everyday.

    Thanks for the great ideas!!

    Tracey V.

  28. Joan September 25, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I love teaching about Johnny Appleseed and would really like to win you packet. Thanks for all of your great ideas.

  29. Anonymous September 25, 2012 at 1:08 am

    This unit looks great!

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