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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Way Out in the Dessert

We live in a beautiful desert so the last 2 weeks we have studied it!

We focused on:

  • Evaporation
  • How plants and Animals adapt to the heat and lack of water
  • Cacti
  • Desert animals

We read many wonderful desert books! We have quite the collection and the kids really enjoyed them.

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Nature cooperated so nicely with my theme this week! The Saguaro Cacti were in full bloom in my neighbors yard, bees were humming all around them!

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We also watched birds nesting in the cacti

“Starling”

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See the baby poking out? The kids loved watching them!

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“Gila Wood Pecker”

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After observing we went in side and drew pictures of what we saw.

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Another day we did a science experiment to learn about evaporation. I set up my sister’s Oil burner with water in the dish. I used a wooden block to raise the candle up higher. Once we saw wisps of vapor or steam rising, we placed a big plastic pretzel barrel over the top with a hole cut in the side(so the fire could get oxygen)

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The results were precipitation collecting on the inside of the barrel. I let the kids put their fingers inside to feel the moisture.

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On the Shelf

Real cacti to observe and study

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Desert animal puzzle

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Desert Sensory box

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And we had lots of lego fun this week:) Nothing to do with the desert but the boys in my class loved it!

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1 comment:

  1. What great ideas & activities you did. This is seriously the best way for children to learn. And they will remember this so much better.

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