# Apples: A Class Act

## Math Activities

**1. Apple Fractions**

Arrange for students to work in pairs. Give each pair a piece of
drawing paper, an apple and a knife. Ask students to think of how
many different ways they can slice or cut up an apple so that all
pieces are of equal size and shape. Students first draw several
different ways and then choose one way and actually cut their apples.

Discuss with the class the variety of ways that apples can be divided
into equal parts. On the chalkboard list the fractions that show
the different ways that children divided their apples.

Students can also write apple problems using the fractions that
were listed on the board after the activity. For example: Sara divided
an apple into eighths. She gave 3/8 to Mary. How much of her apple
did she have left?

**2. Symmetry**

Direct students to cut an apple in half and compare the halves.
Are the halves symmetrical? Ask children to draw the inside halves
of their apples, taking care to include details.

**3. Estimating**

Have children estimate how many apples would be needed to fill
in an outline of their bodies. Ask for a volunteer to be traced
on bulletin board paper. Have other volunteers cut out apples of
approximate actual size from construction paper. After students
make their estimate, see how many "fill in" the shape of the body.

**4. Writing Math Problems**

Students can write word problems using apples as the topic. The
problems can involve many different kinds of computation, depending
on what the class is currently studying, for example: multiplication,
division, addition, subtraction, fractions, percentages, and ratio.

**5. Graphics**

Ask students to bring their favorite kind of apple. (Tell them
to make sure they know what variety they have.) Make a bar graph
listing each apple variety that was represented in the activity
and how many times each variety was chosen as the favorite.

**6. Circumference**

Using string, find the circumference of an apple.

Adapted from *Apples: A Class Act* published
by the U.S. Apple Association. If you would like additional information, please
contact: **U.S. Apple Association, P.O. Box
1137, McLean, VA 22101-1137, (703) 442-8850**

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