Apples to Oregon Unit Study

We have returned to unit studies this semester for Little Man and Sunshine.  We started out the year trying to take a more textbook approach for our science and history but quickly found out that it just wasn't us, and that they learned so much more by diving into unit studies.  I think I am going to continue with interest based unit studies for a little while longer with the two of them.  In addition to the unit study activities that I list here we also do additional Language Arts, Math, and free reading. 

Our first unit study after Christmas Break was on the book Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson.

This book is absolutely the cutest book I have read in a while, and I loved it as much as my kids.  We were able to dive into so many subjects off of this one book, and are now doing the Oregon Trail lapbook from In the Hands of a Child because of it.

We based our unit study off of the free one that is available here from Homeschool Share but added and changed a few things.  We journaled our study using a notebook approach.  Here is how our week played out.  We attend a homechool co-op on Monday's so our school week at home is only four days.


Copywork  and Weekly Bible Verse - "Keep me as the apple of your eyes, hide me under the shadow of your wings."  Psalm 17:8

Read Apples to Oregon.

Social Studies/Geography - Color the Oregon Flag.  I used a Printable One from ABC Teach that you can get here.  Talk about the symbolism of the Orgeon flag as outlined in the Homeschool Share Unit Study.

Next we used the United States map from the "Where in the United States is Oregon?" lapbook piece in the Homeschool Share Unit Study.  We cut just the map out, then colored in our state, Iowa (which is where the family left from), and Oregon.  After coloring in the states we glued it to the bottom corner of our flag page.

Language Arts - Fruit Alliteration Worksheet included in the Homeschool Share Unit Study.


Copywork - Apples by Helen H. Moore
Apples, apples, what a treat,
Sweet and Tart and good to eat.
Apples green and apples red,
Hang from branches overhead,
And when they ripen,
Down they drop,
So we can taste our Apple Crop!

Language Arts - Write Book Report on Apples to Oregon.

Read Your Life as a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail.  (My kids LOVED this book)

Social Studies/Geography - Color Oregon State Bird and Flower (found in Homeschool Share Unit Study)

Science - Density Experiment

I used the basic idea for the Density Experiment that was listed in Homeschool Share but instead of using the objects listed I let my kids pick five items each to test the density of.  We had some interesting choices this way.

I drew a table on a piece of white copy paper, and let the kids record a guess before the experiment whether each item would float or sink.  We then recorderded the actual results from the experiment and compared the two.

Language Arts - Personification:  Choose an object and describe it as if it was a person.


Copywork - "Any fool can count the seeds in an apple.  Only God can count all the apples in one seed."  Robert H. Schuller

History - Wagon Labeling (Found in Homeschool Share Unit Study)

Talk about Henderson Luelling.

Math - Graph the different varieties of fruit trees Mr. Luelling took with him from Salem, Iowa to Oregon.

Art - Discuss Symmetry and finish drawing the apple.  (Worksheet found in Homeschool Share Unit Study)

Read Johnny Appleseed (Will be discussing Tall Tales tommorow)


Copywork - "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

Read Paul Bunyan

Language Arts - Discuss Traits of a Tall Tale and have students write them down for their notebook.

Write your own Tall Tale.

Cooking/Math - Make an apple pie.

Make Cover for notebook and Assemble notebook.



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