John Chapman Lesson Plans

There are so many wonderful directions you can go with a study on John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed.  Study his life, early westward expansion, and apples!  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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For All Ages


Sing the Johnny Appleseed Song "The Lord is Good to Me" from the short 1948 Disney classic," Johnny Appleseed".  The lyrics to this song are included our John Chapman Free Printables


Watch the 1948 Disney Short Movie The Legend of Johnny Appleseed here


This letter is the perfect fit for a Poetry Tea Time!  Make up your favorite apple dish (muffins, pancakes, scones, applesauce, etc.) or just snack on some fresh apples while you read from these poems and sip on some apple cider:




Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman by Esme  Raji Codell and Lynne Rae Perkins

Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg


  • Paint with apples!  Cut apples in half vertically and use them as apple stamps or make a basket of apples using this great idea from premeditatedleftovers.
  • Apple Taste Test: gather 5 or 6 different types of apples to try.  Use our Apple Taste Test in our free printables to rate the apples.

  • Try different apple products: apple sauce, dried apples, and apple cider.

  • For more ideas, check out our John Chapman Pinterest Board



    Who Was Johnny Appleseed? by Joan Holub

    Johnny Appleseed by Richard Worth

    Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh


    • Use our free printables to complete a John Chapman 5 Senses Character Map

    • Venn Diagram: Complete a Venn diagram comparing what you know to be true about John Chapman's life to what is considered legend or folk tale about Johnny Appleseed.

      Middle & High School


        Johnny Appleseed: The Man, The Myth, the American Story by Howard Means


          • Cook with Apples!  Treat your family to an apple dish such as apple muffins, apple pancakes, homemade apple sauce. apple scones, biscuits with apple butter, or try your hand at making homemade apple cider.

          • Mapping: See if you can map out the locations of John Chapman's apple orchards

          • Write an essay on the importance of American folk heroes such as John Chapman.  Why are they important?  How do their stories help instill courage and national pride?


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