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Week of August 2

Stating a preference
Our book this week is “Apple Batter” by Deborah Turney Zagwyn.  Our science and math activity connected to the book was to taste 6 different types of apples and record our findings. The children were open-minded and tasted all 6 apples: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Pink, Jazz and  Spartan. A chart was completed stating the colour and taste of each apple.  The children communicated their preferences by placing stickers under the category of like/dislike and the favourite apple was the Spartan.

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