We started the day by graphing how many apples we had of each color. The class did a great job working together as a class to determine what our graph should look like. After this we predicted which color apple would be sweetest, most sour, and our favorite. Then we did a taste testing and wrote a brief review for each apple.
Then it was time to cook. We discussed the rules of cooking: washing our hands, the countertop and all the food. The students cut the apples into small pieces and threw them into the crockpot. Once all the apples were in, we measured out our other ingredients. We plugged the crockpot in and waited for our room to smell deliciously like fall.
While waiting all day for our applesauce to cook, we kept busy with fun apple activities. We made an apple wreath, read a book called Apple Trouble then wrote about the problem/solution, listed adjectives describing apples, and wrote out an applesauce recipe card. It was such a fun day filled with treats, giggles, and what I like to call "sneaky learning" (sneaky learning: academics presented as a special activity in which the students don't realize they are doing schoolwork).