Teaching Ideas for Upper Elementary Students Using Apples




  • Apples have 5 seeds. There are five seed pockets, each with a seed, in an apple. Cut an apple in half across the core and you’ll see a star shape!
  • The top produced apple varieties in the United States include Gala, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Rome, Cripps Pink/Pink Lady, and Empire.
  • Some famous apple growers include Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. One of George Washington's hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
  • According to the Guinness Book of Records, a Hokuto apple that weighed in at 4 lbs. 1 oz. was discovered by Chisato Iwasaki in Hirosaki City, Japan on October 24, 2005, making it the largest apple ever recorded. (This is about the size of a pumpkin.) Other records include:
    • The largest bowl of apple sauce is 390 kg. The record was created by Fête de la Pomme Riddes, Iris les Fruits de Martigny and Fondation Domus in Riddes, Switzerland, on October 27, 2018.
    • The fastest time to eat an entire apple is 38.10 seconds.
  • According to Country Living Gardner magazine, archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since at least 6500 B.C.
  • Today 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States and 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world. Apples grow in many different climates, including deserts, mountains, flatlands, river valleys and along the Great Lakes.
  • Crabapples are the only apple to the North American continent. Fortunately, early European settlers brought apple seeds with them and right away began planting them.
  • Apples come in all shades of reds, greens, yellows.
  • Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.
  • The peak apple season in the northern hemisphere is from July to November.
  • Apple blossom is the state flower of Michigan.
  • 100 varieties of apples are grown commercially in the United States.
  • Apples are grown commercially in 36 states.
  • Apples are grown in all 50 states.

    The top ten apple producing states, in order, are:

    1. Washington (171 million bushels in 2018)
    2. New York (31 million bushels)
    3. Michigan (28 million bushels)
    4. Pennsylvania
    5. California
    6. Virginia
    7. North Carolina
    8. Oregon
    9. Ohio
    10. Idaho

  • People in the United Stes have consumed between 15 and 19 pounds of fresh apples each year from 2000 and 2018, averaging approximately 17.7 pounds in 2017/18.
  • 39 percent of apples are processed into apple products; 21 percent of this is for juice and cider.
  • The top apple producing states are Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which produced over 83 percent of the nation’s 2001-crop apple supply.
  • Apples are healthy food. They are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free. A medium apples contains about 80 calories. One apple has five grams of fiber.
  • In 2001 there were 8,000 apple growers with orchards covering 430,200 acres.
  • The pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • The science of apple growing is called pomology.
  • Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
  • Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.
  • Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit.
  • Apples are propagated by two methods: grafting or budding.
  • Although apples have a natural wax on their skin, growers add more to help them stay fresh longer.
  • In Europe, France, Italy and Germany are the leading apple producing countries.
  • The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspin and the Black Sea.
  • Apples were the favorite fruit of ancient Greeks and Romans.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • Apples harvested from an average tree can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 pounds each.
  • Americans eat 19.6 pounds or about 65 fresh apples every year.
  • 25 percent of an apple's volume is air. That is why they float.
  • Europeans eat about 46 pounds of apples annually.
  • The average size of a United States orchard is 50 acres.
  • Many growers use dwarf apple trees.
  • Twenty-nine percent of the fruit consumed by U.S. children and teens are apples. About two-thirds of the apples eaten are fresh whole apples.
  • Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually fade to white.
  • Some apple trees will grown over forty feet high and live over a hundred years.
  • Most apples can be grown farther north than most other fruits because they blossom late in spring, minimizing frost damage.
  • It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
  • Most popular fruits in the world include - tomatoes (170.75), bananas (114.13), watermelons (111), apples (84.63), and grapefruits (83.97). These numbers represent the millions of metric tons comsumed around the world annually.
  • In colonial time apples were called winter banana or melt-in-the-mouth.
  • Total apple production in 2001 was 229 million cartons valued at $1.5 billion.
  • The largest U. S. apple crop was 277.3 million cartons in 1998.
  • China produces the most apples followed second by the United States. Approximately 1/4 of the apples grown in the United States are exported. The United States imports apples from the Southern Hemisphere to keep fresh apples in the market year round.
  • China is the leading producer of apples with over 1.2 billion bushels grown in 2001.
  • World's top apple producers are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy.
  • The Lady or Api apple is one of the oldest varieties in existence.
  • Newton Pippin apples were the first apples exported from America in 1768, some were sent to Benjamin Franklin in London.
  • In 1730 the first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, New York.
  • America's longest-lived apple tree was reportedly planted in 1647 by Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhattan orchard and was still bearing fruit when a derailed train struck it in 1866.
  • Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.
  • A peck of apples weight 10.5 pounds.
    A bushel of apples weights about 42 pounds and will yield 20-24 quarts of applesauce.
  • Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since lat least 6500 B.C.
  • The world's largest apple peel was created by 16 year old Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976, in Rochester, NY. It was 172 feet, 4 inches long.
  • It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.



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