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Reading About Apples:

The Apple Orchard Riddle

by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas

free book apple orchard xmK-Gr 2-Mr. Tiffin and his class from How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? (Random, 2007) head out on a field trip. As the students tour Farmer Hills's orchard, they are introduced to many varieties of apples, get a chance to pick some, and watch how cider is made. Mr. Tiffin also gives them a special assignment: "Show me a little red house with no windows and no door, but with a star inside." The children offer many guesses, but it is Tara, the daydreamer among them, who solves the riddle while thoughtfully munching on an apple core. Karas's detailed pencil and acrylic illustrations show the youngsters engaged in lots of hands-on learning, from examining an old tractor to recording their observations in a notebook. A page of apple facts is included. This engaging story will spark fruitful curriculum discussion.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. -- Review From School Library Journal


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Answer Key

Apple Riddle
Drop Box

 

When is an apple grouchy?
When it’s a crab apple

 

Why did the apple cry?
Its peelings were hurt

What's in a Name?

BALDWIN

BRAEBURN

CORTLAND

CRABAPPLE

EMPIRE

FUJI

GOLDEN DELICIOUS

GRANNY SMITH

HONEY CRISP

IDA RED

JONAGOLD

MACOUN

MCINTOSH

MUTSU

PINK LADY

PIPPIN

RED DELICIOUS

ROYAL GALA

WINESAP

YORK

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Apple Math

 

  • How many pounds (lbs) of apples from one tree? 
     840 pounds 
    20 bushels x 42 pounds per bushel
     
  • How many apples in a bushel (bu)? 
     127 apples 
    42 lbs ber bu ÷ .33 lbs per apple
     
  • How many leaves are needed to produce 20 bushels (bu) of apples on a tree? 
     127,000 leaves 
    127 apples per bu x 20 bu per tree x 50 leaves per apple 

 

  • How many gallons (gal) of apple cider from 1 bushel (bu) of apples?
     3.5 gallons 
    127 apples per bu ÷ 36 apples per gal 

  • How many apples for one pie? 
     6 apples 
    2 lbs of apples per pie ÷ .33 lbs per apple

  • How many pies from one bushel (bu)?
     21 pies 
    127 apples per bu ÷ 6 apples per pie