We learned about coyotes and ED made a coyote mask. We read several books with the coyote as one of the main characters: The Three Little Javelinas, The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote, and Coyote Raid in Cactus Canyon.
DD didn’t want to make a coyote mask, she made this howling coyote instead.
We learned about some of the cacti such as the prickly pear and the saguaro. The kids did sand paintings of cacti (and other desert features — dust storms, tumble weeds, etc. We also learned about snakes and continued our sand painting projects to create coral snakes.
|Here ED helped make a rattle snake (with jingle bells in the tail to make it rattle!). ED just loves sewing at the moment so this was a great project for her!|
|Obviously I helped ED with glue portion of her sand painting. DD and LD did sand paintings as well.|
|DD and LD wanted more information about what the cacti looked like and what exact colors they were. They went off and read quite a bit on their own. I love hearing, “did you know…”|
|DD’s lower picture has a bird nesting in the cactus because of the reading we were doing as she made her picture.|
|We learned “red on yellow kills a fellow!”|
If you are going to do a desert unit, I highly recommend you try to get a hold of Jim Arnosky’s books. His desert illustrations are simply superb and my kids learned SO much from his books!
One quarter of all desert areas are covered in sand. We talked about the patterns that sand made when it blows the sand in the desert. Then ED made her own sand dunes.