ALEX Lesson Plan


The Apple Pie Tree

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Author:Christy Harrell
System: Opp City
School: Opp Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33102


The Apple Pie Tree


Who doesn't love an apple pie? In this story, students will observe an apple tree throughout the seasons while answering who, what, where, why, when, and how questions. As a conclusion, students will make and eat an apple pie!

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
ELA2015 (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.2.1]
a. Infer the main idea and supporting details in narrative texts. (Alabama)
ELA2015 (2)
7. Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot. [RL.2.7]
ELA2015 (2)
10. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. [RI.2.1]
ELA2015 (2)
25. With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing. [W.2.5]
ELA2015 (2)
26. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. [W.2.6]
ELA2015 (2)
30. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. [SL.2.2]
ELA2015 (2)
31. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue. [SL.2.3]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will understand and use who, what, where, when, why, and how to ask questions about key details in the text.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will use adult and peer guidance and support to write, revise, and publish a recipe.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

61 to 90 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Class set of the book The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall (or use digital projector to read book online)

Anticipation Guide (attached)

Graphic Organizer (attached)

Recipe for apple pie

Ingredients and utensils needed to make apple pie


Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access and word processor


Digital Projector

The Apple Pie Tree online (if you don't have the book). This is a link. If you don't have access to at your school, you can download on your home computer. You can then download the video listed above, save it on a flash drive, and show it offline at school.


Teacher will:

  • bring apples
  • bring recipe and ingredients for an apple pie
  • gather a class set of The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall (or watch a video of the book online)
  • make copies of the Anticipation Guide and Graphic Organizer (one per student)


1. Show children different kinds of apples and ask questions such as:

  • How do apples taste?
  • Is an apple a fruit or vegetable?
  • Where do they grow?
  • Have you ever picked an apple?
  • Where do you get apples you eat from?
  • What are some things we can make from apples?

2. Give students the Anticipation Guide. Read each statement.  Students circle True or False on the Before side only.

3. Give students a slice of apple to enjoy while teacher reads The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall.

Developmental Activities:

First read:  Listen to teacher read story

Second read:  Choral read with teacher

Third read:  Partner read

Teacher hands out Graphic Organizer. 

Ask and answer "What" and "Where" questions with students (We do).  Model how to look back in the text to find the answers to each question.

Partners answer "When" questions (Y'all do). Remind students to look back in the text.

Individually answer "Why" questions (You do).

After Activity:

Revisit Anticipation Guide. Teacher will read each statement. Students will circle True or False on the After side. If a statement is false, students must tell how to make the statement true.

Culminating Activity:

The teacher will show students a recipe for apple pie. Discuss and list the different parts of a recipe: ingredients, cook time, oven temperature, and directions. Show the ingredients for apple pie and allow students to help measure and mix ingredients. Place in oven to bake.

Ask students to think of their favorite baked food. They will write a recipe including all the parts discussed and listed. Partners will proofread each other's recipes and edit as needed. With guidance and support from parent volunteers or helpers from older grade levels, students will use a computer with word processing to type and print their recipe. Recipes will be collected for a class book.

Of course, enjoy the apple pie!

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Assessment Strategies

Students will be given another book to read with a partner. Students will then independently complete the same type graphic organizer with questions about their book. Teacher will check the graphic organizer for correct answers. 




Using the graphic organizer as the guide, students who need additional help will meet with the teacher in small groups for remediation.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.