Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Desert: A Unit Study
I also made sure we had storybooks about the desert and we read, read, read them! If you are doing a study about the desert for young ones I highly recommend: The Three Little Javelinas, Tortoise and the Jackrabbit, and the classic Clementines Cactus. These great storybooks made learning about the desert fun. From these storybooks we learned more than we bargained for about desert animals and that was without even trying!
So, in addition to reading these books we also did art, music, and watched a wonderful Reading Rainbow (throw back to my childhood!) video on Native American art called The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.
My son's favorite art projects:
Making a cactus out of green playdough and toothpicks.
Using a ruler to measure out and draw a life size tarantula, cutting it out, and hiding it around the house to "spook" us.
Our favorite desert song:
We put this to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus
The tortoise in the desert eats prickly pear fruit, prickly pear fruit, prickly pear fruit...all day long.
The hare in the desert goes hop, hop, hop.....all day long.
The tarantula in the desert goes creep, creep, creep...all night long.
The owl in the desert goes hoot, hoot, hoot....all night long.
You can keep the song going. We ended up having upwards of fifteen verses to our song. I used this as a good opportunity to teach nocturnal and diurnal too. So, we ended the song with "all night long" or "all day long" depending on if the animal is nocturnal or diurnal.
We did a study on Native American art from the southwest and while in a Grand Canyon gift shop the Moose found examples of the pottery. He was so excited to have made this discovery. It really made the lesson we did at home come to life for him, which is what this teaching Momma was hoping! Upon coming home we have created a travel scrapbook, written in our family adventure journal, and read once more all of our desert books now that we can combine the pages of the books with our experience in Arizona.
Up next on our gigantic unit study, "The World" is a study on rivers, lakes, and oceans. Fun!