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Building community and accepting others is an important topic to teach. This week for our literacy snack idea, we will be reading One Green Apple by Eve Bunting. This is a fantastic book to help kids understand what it’s like to be new and that we’re all alike.
This book shows how a community can be kind and welcoming to strangers and newcomers. It’s about Farrah, a little Muslim girl who has come to the United States from another country and her second day at school. The day is spent on a field trip to an orchard, where the children pick apples and make apple cider. The melting pot analogy is turned into an apple cider one as all the children throw their apples in and work together to press it into cider, even Farrah helps. The illustrations are stunning and the topic so important.
For our snack this week, we’ll be having apple cider just like the kids all worked together to make in the story.
We’re keeping it simple this week and our snack will be apple cider. You’ll be surprised how many kids have never had real apple cider, only apple juice.
This time of year, apple cider is pretty easy to find. It is usually located in the produce section either near the apples, or possibly in the refrigerator section of the produce area.
While your students are enjoying their apple cider, I made a free printable for them to work on. They will get to draw a picture and write about how they can welcome a new person to their school.
You can download the free printable from my TeachersPayTeachers store below.
If you’re looking for some more activities and continue the conversation of being a good citizen and having good character traits, you may like some of the activities we have in this our character traits pack.
I hope your class enjoys this important read aloud and cider!
See you next time!