Library Lesson – Tall Tales – Johnny Appleseed


Studying tall tales or American folklore? Johnny Appleseed is a must! This 2-part library lesson includes a 34-slide presentation, recommended reads list, and scavenger hunt activity. All text is editable in PPT and Google Slides.

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My Digital Library Lessons will save you so much time! I design them specifically for new elementary librarians, especially those who are on the Specials rotation and/or are simply busy parents who just do not have time to create detailed storytime lessons.


  • Recommended for: Grades 2-4; created for school libraries, but it works for classrooms, too!
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 library lessons, total of about 50 minutes
  • Formats: PPT or Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable


  • 31-slide PPT and Google Slides presentation (editable)
  • List of recommended Johnny Appleseed books (1 page PDF, editable)
  • Scavenger Hunt + Answer Key (2 pages PDF)
  • Lesson Plan, aligned to CCSS, TEKS, and AASL (2 pages, PDF and PPT, editable)
  • Prep, set up, detailed lesson plan (7 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)


  • 15 slides tell the story of Johnny Appleseed, from birth to death to legacy.
  • You can follow the presentation with a read-aloud, but it is not necessary. Students will learn all they need to know about Johnny Appleseed from this lesson.


  • 16 slides can be moved into the Part I Whole Class Lesson or scrolled during checkout or library activities
  • includes facts about apples, vegetarianism, and Johnny Appleseed’s legacy
  • vocabulary word: threadbare (as in “Johnny Appleseed’s clothes were threadbare.”)
  • Other terms: nomadic, apprentice, nursery
  • Includes mix of colorful clipart and real photos. Every slide meant for students to see includes either a photo or an illustration.


  • Scavenger Hunt coloring page with Johnny Appleseed trivia questions (all information available in the presentation)
  • Answer Key for the Scavenger Hunt trivia questions
  • Recommended Reads for Johnny Appleseed stories and read-alikes (editable)
  • Lesson Plan aligned with TEKS, AASL, and CCSS standards (editable)


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