By: Penny Thigpen

Good Apples

Grades 3-6


Students will show an understanding that individual differences add to the quality, interest, and value of our lives by listing a positive quality in each classmate and how that makes a difference to them.

Materials Needed:

You will need one apple for each student in the class, plus 2-3 extra.  The apples should be various sixes, shapes, and colors.  Choose apples with distinguishing marks, like leaves, scars, etc.  You will need a sharp knife, for teacher only.


1. "Who likes apples?"  Ask this when you have all the apples displayed on a table in front of the class.

2. Invite the students a few at a time to come up and pick an apple.  Instruct them not to eat or take a bite of the apple.

3. Tell the students to look over their apples very carefully.  Ask them to take note of the special characteristics their apple have.

4. Have them make up a story about their apple and then tell a friend.  Be sure to model this step for them.

5. Allow time to share some or all of the stories with the class.

6. Tell the students to return the apples to the table.

7. Mix up the apples, and then ask them a few at a time, to come find their apple.

8. When the students have returned with their apples to their seats, ask them, by raise of hand, how they knew it was their apple? (Color, size, shape‚ etc.)

9. Big question?  Ask them what this might have to do with people?  (Respect for others, the right for everyone to be him or her self and be appreciated for it.)

10. Make a list on the board of how people are different.

11. Discuss the importance of differences.  Example, different people do different things in society.  Doctors take care of the sick, policemen protect us, the mayor run the city, and so forth.

12. Make a new list on the board of how people are the same.

13. Discuss why this is important. (We all have the same basic human needs, and rights.)

14. Summarize the importance of individual differences and similarities.

15. Tell the students that one way all people are alike is that they all have a special star inside of them. (Something special and unique about them.)

16. Tell them they have a star in them, like an apple has a star in it.

17. Cut each apple in half, cutting through the center to show the students the star inside their apple.

18. While the students eat their apples let them share something about the star in themselves, their strengths, their individuality.

19. Clean up desks, table and hands.

20. Write each student's name on the board for a reference.  Then have each student take out his or her journal and write the name of five students in the class. Next to each name have them list a positive quality.  Then write about how those qualities make a difference in the class.


In their journals have the students list five classmate's names and a star (positive) quality they notice in that classmate.  Then have them write about how these qualities make a difference to them, or our class.