Skip to contentContribute to ReadWriteThink / RSS / FAQs / Site Demonstrations / Contact Us / About Us



What’s Happening This Week

What’s Happening This Week

There is much more to explore in our calendar. Find other important events in literary history, authors' birthdays, and a variety of holidays, each with related lessons and resources.



Book Recommendations

Looking for age-appropriate book recommendations, author interviews, and fun activity ideas? Check out our podcasts.

Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers



Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers


HomeClassroom ResourcesCalendar Activities

September 26

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in 1775.

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)


John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in 1775.

Grades 3 – 8
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event





Did you know that Johnny Appleseed was a nickname given to John Chapman? There are many nice folktales written about him, but we have no proof that these things really happened. One thing that is true about John Chapman is that he planted apple trees!




As you share the details of John Chapman's life and his travels, use the Timeline Tool to organize the details that you find in the books and websites that you check. As you work through the details, ask students to look for details that are fact and those that are exaggeration. If desired, use the Venn Diagram tool or Mobile App to organize the information (especially if you are using the stories of Johnny Appleseed as part of a tall tales unit). As extensions, you might track Chapman's journeys on your classroom map or have students use the Theme Poems Interactive to create poems about apples or about Johnny Appleseed. For additional help, see the more tips about Theme Poems and the more tips on the Timeline Tool.



  • Johnny Appleseed Was Born

    From the Library of Congress America's Story from America's Library, this site provides a short biography of John Chapman in the context of other historical events.

  • Apples and More

    This University of Illinois Extension site includes links to apple facts, recipes, history and legend, and educational material.

  • The Story of Johnny Appleseed

    Second graders from Austin, Texas contributed the writings and drawings about Johnny Appleseed found on this webpage.


back to top


Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Unusual Gifts

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and the characters in these four tall tales have plenty of unusual gifts to keep you reading all winter. Listen in to hear about them and to meet Ingrid Law, the author of Savvy and Scumble.


back to top