Johnny Appleseed Printables

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Who Was Johnny Appleseed?

Johnny Appleseed Museum. (Office of Tourism Ohio)

One of America’s fondest legends is that of Johnny Appleseed, a pioneer apple farmer in the 1800s. His real name was John Chapman and he was born on Sept. 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts.

During the Chapman's life, the West included places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. As Chapman traveled west, he planted apple trees along the way and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.

The life of Johhny Appleseed offers plenty of activities you can do with your students. There's even a Johnny Appleseed museum in Urbana, Ohio, which also operates a website offering plenty of great information about this American folk hero. In addition, explore the life and contributions of Johnny Appleseed with these free printables.

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Johnny Appleseed Wordsearch

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In this first activity, students will locate 10 words commonly associated with Johnny Appleseed. Use the activity to discover what they already know about the folk hero and spark discussion about the terms with which they're unfamiliar.

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Johnny Appleseed Vocabulary

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In this activity, students match each of the 10 words from the word bank with the appropriate definition. It’s a perfect way for students to learn key terms associated with Chapman.

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Johnny Appleseed Crossword Puzzle

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Invite your students to learn more about Johnny Appleseed by matching the clue with the appropriate term in this fun crossword puzzle. Each key term has been included in a word bank to make the activity accessible for younger students. 

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Johnny Appleseed Challenge

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This multiple-choice challenge will test your student's knowledge of the facts related to Johnny Appleseed. Let your child practice his research skills by investigating at your local library or on the internet to discover the answers to questions about which he's unsure.

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Johnny Appleseed Alphabet Activity

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Elementary-age students can practice their alphabetizing skills with this activity. They'll place the words associated with Johnny Appleseed in alphabetical order.

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Johnny Appleseed Draw and Write

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Young children or students can draw a picture of Johnny Appleseed and write a short sentence about him. Alternatively: Provide students with a picture of an apple (or even a real apple), have them draw it and write about how Chapman helped popularize this fruit throughout colonial America.

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Johnny Appleseed - Apple Tic-Tac-Toe

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Prepare ahead of time by cutting the pieces off at the dotted line and then cutting the pieces apart -- or have older children do this themselves. Then, have fun playing Johnny Appleseed tic-tac-toe with your students.

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Apple Tree Coloring Page

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Young students can color this picture of apple trees. Explain to students that Chapman accumulated more cash than he needed by selling his apple trees and tracts of land. He never used banks and relied instead on an elaborate system of burying his money. He actually preferred to barter and trade food or clothing rather than collect money for his trees.

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Apple Theme Paper

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Have students write a story, poem or essay about Johnny Appleseed on a separate sheet of paper. Then tell them to neatly write their final draft on this apple theme paper.

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Apple Tree Puzzle

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Children will love putting together this tree puzzle. Have them cut out the pieces, mix them up and then put them back together. Explain to students that in his journeys, Chapman created numerous nurseries by carefully selecting the perfect planting spot, fencing it in with fallen trees and logs, bushes and vines, sowing the seeds and returning at regular intervals to repair the fence, tend the ground and sell the trees.