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First Grade Apple Lesson

A first grade teacher and I teamed up for a lesson about apples.  The 2-day lesson included several read a louds about the life cycle of the apple tree and what wonderful things we get from apples, an apple tasting, making a class pictograph of your favorite kind of apple, how applesauce is made, and a homemade apple sauce tasting.

The first thing we did when the students came to the library is fill out a graphic organizer on the white board as a class—anything and everything the students could tell me about apples.  Then I read several books about apples and the apple harvest.  We revisited the graphic organizer to see if there was anything students wanted to add based on the information from the books we just read.

Next, we had an apple tasting.  Every student ate a piece of green apple, yellow apple, and red apple.  We discussed words like “sour” and “tart.”  Once each student decided on his/her favorite apple, they got a die-cut of their favorite apple and put it on the pictograph.  We then talked about the graph: what apple do students like the most?  What apple do students like the least?  How many more students like one kind of apple over another kind.

After the pictograph discussion, we talked about the steps involved in making applesauce.  All the ingredients were shown to the students. They got to smell the different spices, see how a peeler works, and see how a slow cooker works.  (When they smelled the spices, they made comments like: “That smells like my oatmeal.”  Cute!)

Rounding out the first day of the 2-day lesson, the students completed an apple book printed from Enchanted Learning.   Before leaving the library, they were told they would come back tomorrow to finish the lesson.  Several students cheered: “YAY!  We are coming back to the library tomorrow.”  You gotta love hearing that as a librarian!

At home that evening I peeled about 16 apples and put everything in the slow cooker to make the apple sauce.  The next morning, everything was ready!

When the students came in for the second day of everything apples, they were so excited!  We first reviewed things from the day before—we revisited the pictograph, we talked about the steps (in the correct order) of making applesauce, and we talked about all the facts they learned about apples and the life cycle of the apple tree.  Then everyone got a bowl of homemade applesauce.  Comments from the students: “Ms. Tigges, you are genius.”  “Ms.Tigges, you are a rock star.”  I was feeling the love!

The students enjoyed the lesson.  The students felt comfortable in the library. The students read non-fiction books.   Mission accomplished!

Now I hope to take this lesson and turn it into a Media Festival project with a few of the students.

Some age-appropriate apple books:

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Apples Grow on a Tree by Mari Schuh

Picking Apples by Gail Saunders-Smith

Apples by Gail Gibbons

Apples by Ken Robbins

Apples by Elaine Landau

How Do Apples Grow? By Betsy Maestro

Seed, Sprout, Fruit: An Apple Tree Life Cycle by Shannon Knudsen

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Apples, Apples Everywhere!  Learning about Apple Harvests by Robin Koontz


Slow cooker apple sauce recipe:

Happy Harvesting!

Anja Tigges, Ed.S.


William J. Scott Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools

1752 Hollywood Road

Atlanta, GA 30318

404. 802. 7000

Lincoln’s Lunch

This is one of Kathy Schrock’s Sites of the Day.  It is a great blog about our presidents and what they liked to eat….with lots of great presidential facts thrown in.   Be sure you scroll down to read about the presidential milk cow!  Of course, there are some great primary source images included!  Don’t you love the URL?? Lincoln’s Lunch!

The History Chef

…a great blog with historical recipes and information about presidents that can support a unit of study, or be given as homework so parents and students can cook (and learn!) together.


White House Kitchen, 1890, LOC

Communities Thrive @ Your Library!

National Library Week recently came to a close with the theme: Communities Thrive @ Your Library.  This year the 5th grade teachers and I collaborated on a project to celebrate our community called the Barrow Oral History Project.  Our school was built in 1923, and it has seen many changes through the years.  Imagine the wealth of stories hiding out in the community and in the walls of an 87 year old school just waiting to be told!  Our goal was to seek out former Barrow students and teachers, record their memories of attending Barrow, and archive those stories for future Barrow students and teachers to enjoy.

As always, the idea began as a seed that began to sprout, grow, and blossom with many emails and collaborative meetings.  At one point the plant (project) began to grow uncontrollably and had to be pruned because there was just too much that we wanted to do and not enough time.  In the end, we had a project that incorporated multiple GPS standards, especially the 5th Grade Social Studies where students study the past century.
Many components came together to make the project successful and enjoyable.  I received a grant from the Athens Area Community Foundation to purchase 12 digital cameras and books related to oral history and photography.  We participated in a video conference professional learning session with the Library of Congress about gathering community stories.  The whole school brainstormed possible contacts.  My media paraprofessional contacted participants and scheduled 3 days of interviews.  Fifth grade teachers, student teachers, and myself paired together to plan 4 centers that students rotated through to prepare for the interviews:  Barrow’s history in scrapbooks, online/print oral history projects, interview etiquette and question development, and technology such as Audacity and digital cameras.  We held a kickoff to introduce the project to the students and then launched into our centers.

We held one extra day to fine tune our interview questions and practice interviewing one another.  Students then came on their scheduled day and interviewed their participant.  The interviews were recorded with Audacity and digital photos were taken.  Students finalized the projects by returning to the media center and piecing together photos and audio in Windows Movie Maker.  The movies were uploaded to Teacher Tube, and a website was created.  The site was shared with all of the participants.  Students followed up with their interviewees by writing at formal thank you letter and mailing it.

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Students left this project with a new understanding of their school.  They had real connection with people who grew up during the time periods that they studied and had ways of connecting those decades to a real place that they understood.  There were stories about growing up in the Great Depression, stories about segregated schools, stories about going to school barefoot, and more.  This project has received numerous compliments from the participants and the community, and it only scratched the surface of the stories that are hiding in our walls and in our community.  I hope you might consider how to capture the stories of your own community.  The only way our stories live on is by telling them.  I invite you to listen to the stories of our school.

Andy Plemmons

School Librarian

David C. Barrow Elementary

Athens, GA

Opening This Weekend: The Road to Freedom Civil Rights Photography Exhibit,2,1,7,1

Introduction | High Museum of Art Atlanta

An amazing and poignant new exhibition opens this weekend at the Atlanta High Museum of Art: “History Remixed—The Road to Freedom:  Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968”.   This exhibit will be on display until October 5 before it moves to the Smithsonian in November.  To read more about the photographs in this exhibit and the photographers who captured these historic moments, try these terrific articles from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

This special collection of primary sources tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement through photography.  What a wonderful opportunity to learn about this pivotal chapter in American history!

Here is how the High Museum of Art describes this special exhibition:

The exhibition features work by more than twenty photographers, with recognized names such as Bob Adelman, Morton Broffman, Bruce Davidson, Doris Derby, Larry Fink, James Karales, Builder Levy, and Steve Schapiro. Also included is the work of press photographers and amateurs who made stirring visual documents of marches, demonstrations and public gatherings out of a conviction for the social changes that the movement represented. Key photographs include Bob Adelman’s Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, 1963; Morton Broffman’s Dr. King and Coretta Scott King Leading Marchers, Montgomery, Alabama, 1965; Bill Eppridge’s Chaney Family as they depart for the Funeral of James Chaney, Philadelphia, Mississippi, 1964; and Builder Levy’s I Am a Man/Union Justice Now, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968.

Supplementing the photographs are archival documents, newspapers, magazines and posters from the period. These complementary materials demonstrate how, in the hands of community organizers and newspaper and magazine editors, photographs played a pivotal role in shaping public opinion. Documents such as Rosa Parks’ fingerprint paperwork and the blueprint of the bus on which she protested are shown alongside related photographs for the very first time. Also included will be several contemporary portraits, by photographer Eric Etheridge, of the young men and women who challenged segregation as Freedom Riders in 1961 and who are now senior citizens. All the photographs and documents in this exhibition will be accompanied by descriptive captions and an audio-visual component to provide deeper historical context.

Two significant groups of photographs in Road to Freedom have recently been acquired by the High. A portfolio of twenty-eight photographs by Danny Lyon, a leading photographer of the Civil Rights Movement, was given to the High Museum by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., in 2006. Turner acquired them directly from Lyon in the 1990s, when he was hired as a photographer on the TNT movie Freedom Song about the 1960s campaign for voting rights in Mississippi. The portfolio includes photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Representative John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy and other movement leaders.

The second is a group of thirty-three vintage photographs by Washington, D.C.-based freelance photographer Morton Broffman. In addition to working for several major publications, Broffman was the photographer for The Cathedral Age, the magazine of the Washington National Cathedral, for more than twenty-five years until his death in 1992. He was a campaign photographer for Senator Eugene McCarthy, who ran for president in 1968, and took numerous photographs of the Civil Rights gatherings in Washington, D.C, artist.  and in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. His collection includes images of marchers and movement leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Representative John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy, Joan Baez and James Baldwin. The photographs were given to the High by the Broffman family in 2006 in honor of the artist.

Posted by Buffy Hamilton
Media Specialist
Creekview High School

Look what I found! Boys of summer!

The Learning Page has a great collection of resource links and lesson plans at Baseball:  As American as Apple Pie.


The holdings of the Library of Congress include many items that document the story of baseball through the decades.  Many are now available online for viewing by anyone interested in America’s national pastime —  photographs,  films, official game guides, baseball cards dating from 1887, and more.    


Here is a sampling:

A Thomas A. Edison film, 1898, photographed from one camera position behind home plate.

Babe Ruth sitting next to his wife in front of grandstands on the field at Comiskey Park in 1930. This photograph was taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer.

Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939 feature editorials from baseball writers on the state of the game, statistics, photographs, and analysis of the previous season for all the Major League teams and for many of the minor leagues across the nation.

A 1911 baseball  card.

Philadelphia “Athletics”, Champions of the World, 1913 (panoramic photo).


The summer edition of Look what I found! can be found at , using summer08 as the password.  Try this great Web 2.0 tool!  Works like a charm!