What Color is Your Apple?

Build your classroom community with an activity that uses apples to examine oneself and their classmates. Participants draw four large apples on blank paper then exchange them within a small group. Group members write a character trait that describes the recipient. Learners reflect on the words their peers gave them then state whether or not they agree or were surprised. Pupils finish the lesson with a written list of traits they wish to develop. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Direct class members to keep their papers in a safe place so they can review them when they need a reminder of the traits they are trying to develop 
  • Remind class members to use positive feedback, practice speaking skills in case pupils do not agree with traits
  • Revisit the lesson later in the school year to discuss whether the traits leaners listed were met or are still in progress 
Classroom Considerations

  • The second of three lessons build on an activity from the first lesson and leads the way to the third and final lesson 
  • A counselor or classroom teacher can conduct the lesson 
Pros

  • Encourages self-awareness and self-management 
  • Offers an interesting perspective from peers 
  • Directions are easy to follow 
Cons

  • None