#SOLC18 16/31: Kinders ask: What’s a Grāpple?


Today’s #PoetryFriday is hosted by Linda at TeacherDance

Snack time in kindergarten is a coveted time. On most Thursdays, a fresh fruit or vegetable snack is delivered to our classrooms from our school district’s central kitchen. Today’s snack was something altogether new to my students.

The Grāpple. Have you heard of this unique fruit? They come from the state of Washington, and are an apple that basically has been infused with food-grade grape flavor through a sort of bathing process. It’s quite a fascinating process that you can learn all about here.  Basically, they are an apple that tastes like a grape – no kidding!

As we were munching on our apple slices, a few kids commented that they smelled something in the room. I told them that was from the grāpples. As I explained the process to them, we began talking about how tasty they were. I told them to close their eyes and asked them what color came to their mind as they were eating. A few said blue, and I told them I saw purple while I ate mine.

We continued visiting about how much we liked them and how unique they were, this half grape/half apple snack. Suddenly inspired, I proposed to them, “We should write a poem about the grāpple!” To which they enthusiastically responded, “YES, YES!”

Keep in mind, this would only be my second attempt at an interactive poetry writing experience with my students. I wasn’t entirely sure how it would work out; I am still new myself to writing poetry, so imagine what it might look like as I lead 18 six year-olds through the process. Seasoned teachers of poetry, you might shudder if you were a fly on the wall…

To clarify, they are not entirely new to the genre of poetry; I have been reading poems to them nearly every day for a better part of this school year. A few kids have dabbled in writing a poem here and there, but for the most part their experience has been nearly all receptive. As we launched into writing, I reminded them of what we have noticed about poetry: short sentences with powerful descriptive words.

I must admit, I was genuinely surprised at the high level of engagement I saw in everyone. Even my students who I consider struggling readers and/or writers contributed to the process. It was as if they had come to life in this endeavor!

While not a piece of poetic genius, I think they gave great thought and consideration to the ideas they shared, and welcomed my support along the way with suggestions for upping the descriptive word choices here and there.

With that, I proudly present our ode to the Grāpple:

21 thoughts on “#SOLC18 16/31: Kinders ask: What’s a Grāpple?

  1. lindabaie says:

    Wonderful that they used the word ‘poofs’. I will remember when I smell something good! I’ve never heard of a ‘grapple’-interesting. Thanks!

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  2. What fun, Dani, using a delicious fruit that poofs and bursts of juice for a poetry writing experience. Good job, little ones. Thinking of little ones, my grandbaby is on a skiing vacation with her Mommy and Daddy in Montano. How beautiful the scenery is.

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  3. Loved the poem and process!
    Not happy about Grapples, though – they aren’t a new fruit, just a messed with fruit. Food grade Grape flavor added – even though no more sugar and calories – infusing with other flavors seems like not a good trend. Apples used to taste pretty good all on their own. However, some of the flavors have been reduced in fruits now due to them being picked unripened for safer and longer shipping.
    I apologize for hopping up on my soap-box, but it seems another “virtual reality” kind of gimmick – taking us away from the real, for the better surreal.

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  4. Kay Mcgriff says:

    What a great poetry experience for you and your students. And I learned something new. I’ve never heard of grapples before. Now I want to taste one for myself.

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