You’d think we would know all about the desert living here in good ol’ Albuquerque but there is always more to learn about the wonders of the world!
After our morning routine of song, pledge of allegiance, and circle time, we jumped right into books. We read as a group “Look Who Lives in The Desert” (Baker). The kiddos enjoyed guessing which animal was on the next page by the clues! I also checked out from the library Desert Babies (Darling) and Desert Dwellers (Karapetkova) which the kiddos looked over while waiting for everyone to be done with their workbooks.
We continued with workbooks and I found a great desert set for the olders on Teachers pay Teachers (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Desert-Thematic-Unit-194280) that required them searching the internet for answers, and a great unit for the youngins’ with graphing and tallying (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Graphing-Find-Tally-and-Graph-Desert-527780).
Next up was snack and this one is hands down my favorite themed snack yet! A green apple, some toothpicks and two raspberries are all that is needed. We ran short on time, but I would even have loved for them to have built their own.
Back upstairs we went to play an adaptation of the game Desert Walk that I found on Teachers pay Teachers (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Desert-Unit-for-Early-Elementary-606934). I thought it would be too small to play with 5 on an 8.5 x 11 sheet so I drew it by hand on a large poster board and created game pieces from images on google. They definitely had fun playing this although landing on the go back spaces is never fun for anyone-lol.
Craft time was pretty simple but very colorful today! They were each given a reticulated wooden snack and lizard to paint and oh my, did they get creative!
Lunch was intentionally served on a plate as blue as our New Mexico sky! A yellow pepper sun graced the horizon and red pepper blossoms dressed up the spinach green cactus quesadilla.