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Johnny Appleseed

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Legend says that Johnny Appleseed slept in a treetop hammock, played with a bear, and even had a wolf for a pet. Whether the things are true or not, one thing is for sure! Johnny Appleseed is a great American hero. Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman. He was born in 1774 in a small town in Massachusetts. He grew up on a farm and loved helping his father with the work. But his favorite spot was the apple orchard! It was his job to take care of the trees, and each fall he would pick the apples from the trees and fill many a basket!

Wagon trains on their way out West would pass through the farm. John would sit for hours, talking to the drivers, learning that the soil out West was good for growing trees. He dreamed of going West himself, but his father tried to discourage him, saying there were no apples out West. Johnny said,"Then I will bring apples to the people there. I will plant all kinds of apples-red, yellow, and green."

Johnny set out on his long journey with a walking stick in his hand and a pot on his head. He carried books and a sack of seeds on his back. He planted seeds everywhere along the way. Everyone loved him! Children listened to his stories and the animals of the forest would run up to him, waiting to be fed. Everywhere Johnny went, apple trees began to grow. That is why he became known by the name Johnny Appleseed. Even today the story of how he helped plant apple trees is told all over the country.


Johnny Appleseed was born in the state of Ohio. True or False
Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman. True or False
Johnny Appleseed was given his nickname because he loved to eat apples. True or False
Johnny Appleseed was a real man. True or False


Thank you Johnny Appleseed.
We owe you quite a lot,
For the apples that you planted
With a Bible and a cooking pot.
Your seeds were planted far and wide.
You gave a helping hand.
A friendly word you had for all,
Across our frontier land.
Thank you Johnny Appleseed.
We owe you quite a lot.
The lovely trees and apples,
And the lessons that you taught.

Miriam sent me the following song that she remembers from her childhood. Thanks, Miriam!!

Oh, the Lord's been good to me
and so I thank the Lord
for giving me the things I need
the sun, the rain and the appleseed.
Oh, the Lord's been good to me!

Stephanie sent me the last verse to the above song. Thanks, Stephanie!

For every seed I sow
An apple tree will grow
And there will be apples there
Enough for the whole wide world to share
The Lord is good to me!

Stephanie Murray sent me the rest of the words to this song and even has a Spanish version! Thanks, Stephanie!

Oh, the Lord's been good to me.
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need:
The sun, the rain and the appleseed;
Oh, the Lord's been good to me.

Oh, and every seed I sow
Will grow into a tree.
And someday there'll be apples there
For everyone in the world to share.
Oh, the Lord is good to me.

Oh, here I am 'neath the blue, blue sky
Doing as I please.
Singing with my feathered friends
Humming with the bees.

I wake up every day,
As happy as can be,
Because I know that with His care
My apple trees, they will still be there.
The Lord's been good to me.

I wake up every day
As happy as can be,
Beacuse I know the Lord is there
Watchin' over all my friends and me
The Lord is good to me.


Dios se acordó de mí,
Y a El le agradeezco
Porque me dio
Un Corazón
Y asî amar su creación,
Dios se acordó de mi.

Patrice, a library media specialist, sent me this wonderful apple idea! Thanks, Patrice!
You need ten felt bean bag apples and the book Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSeig. After reading the story, I ask my K-1 students if they think I can stack 10 apples on top of my head. We count together as I stack the apples--which of course fall!

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