Lesson:  The Life Cycle of an Apple Tree

By Kathryn Averkamp


Today students will learn about how apples grow and the changes that apple trees move through during different seasons.  

Grade Level

Kindergarten Science


Students will be introduced to the seasons of an apple tree through a picture book and video.

Students will demonstrate understanding of the life cycle of an apple tree through an Art project

Standards Addressed

2. Different types of plants and animals inhabit the earth. As a basis for understanding

   this concept:

a. Students know how to observe and describe similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants and animals (e.g., seed-bearing plants, birds, fish, insects)

c. Students know how to identify major structures of common plants and animals (e.g., stems, leaves, roots,arms, wings, legs).

Relative Advantage 

By incorporating a video, students will see real pictures of apple trees throughout the different stages.  By viewing a video with real photographs, students are able to make connections and visualize a real apple tree, rather than simply a drawing.  


1 ½ hours


The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

“The Life Cycle of an Apple Tree” video (shown above under Science videos)

chart paper

light blue construction paper

green, red, yellow, orange, and red tissue paper


Grouping Strategies

Students will listen to the story and watch the video in a large group.  During the Art activity, students will work at their tables.  

Learning Activities

1.  Teacher will read The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree.  Discuss.

2.  Students will view “The Life Cycle of an Apple Tree” video. Discuss.

3.  On chart paper, students will discuss what happens to the apple tree during each of the four seasons.  

4.  Students will create the 4 seasons of the apple tree using construction paper, crayons, and tissue paper.  The paper will be divided into four labeled sections, each with a different season name.  Students will draw a tree in each box and use the tissue paper to show what the apple tree looks like during that season.  


Students will be assessed based on individual conversations with the teacher.  They will also be assessed on their Art project and if it demonstrates understanding of each season.  

Adaptations for students with special needs

Instead of writing “Fall, Summer, Winter, and Spring” on paper, students will glue pre-labeled strips onto their paper.