At-Home Activities: Desert Adventures - Finding New Creatures
Workshop Class Activities:
Craft – Animal Tracks
Key Points - Roadrunner's Day in the Desert
Collaborative – Desert Web of Life
Language Arts - Write Captions
Math/Logic – Discover the Dichotomous Key
Prepare for Adventure – Bush Tucker: Outback Survival
Big Activity – Bug Study
Movement - Echolocation Game
See a suggested week schedule at https://www.celebrationeducation.com/single-post/free-curriculum
• various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to deserts
• notebook or lined paper
• art paper
• a cup of pocket change
• deck of cards
• bug jar
Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to deserts
“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” - Charles Addams
“Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel?
Polonius: By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed.” - William Shakespeare
Language arts lesson
Photo captions are a few lines of text that explain photographs.
Find some interesting desert animal photos to write your own captions about.
When I’m old, I want to...
A tessellation is a tiling on a flat surface with no overlaps and no gaps. See https://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/tessellation.html .
Make some tessellations of your own. Here’s a video that can help you get you started: https://youtu.be/WBVzoaFi90E
There are two different ways to multiply two-digit numbers. You can see the two ways in these videos:
Which way is the best to multiply two-digit numbers? Can you prove it? Show someone the two methods and explain why the one is better than the other.
Put some pocket change in a cup, about ten coins of various denominations. Set up a bowl about 6 feet away from you. Toss the coins into the bowl. Some will make it in, others will not. Count up the value of the coins that made it in. Write this amount down. Throw all the coins again, adding the value of the coins that make it into the bowl to the previous amount. Continue in this way until all the amounts add up to $10.00 or more.
Play a game of “I Spy” with a friend. Use a deck of cards with the face cards removed. Lay the cards face -up in rows on a table. Announce the sum of two adjacent cards that you see. For example, you see a 2 and a 6 next to each other and you say, “I spy with my little eye two cards that add to make 8.” Now your friend looks for 2 cards that add up to 8. If he guesses the correct cards, he gets to keep them. If he guesses incorrectly, you get to take them. Take turns, following this format until all the cards have been claimed. Whoever has the most cards at the end is the winner. To make the game harder, you could change use subtraction or multiplication or you can add three numbers together.
Research and Report
Go outside to find a bug. Try to find one that you’re not familiar with. Safely catch the bug and bring it inside to examine it. Figure out what kind of bug it is, & draw a diagram of your bug, and label the parts. You can release the bug back outside.
Themed Fireworks Project
Draw a desert web of life to show what eats what in the desert.
• Using the outline or mind map you made last week, write the first draft of your written report.
• Work on your display.
Visit the Living Desert.
Make desert animals out of clay.
Complete the Wilderness Explorer activity book: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/Wilderness_jr_ranger_Explorer_Book_0.pdf
Do some basket-weaving.
Do an Ecosystems Project from Build-A-Project. Use promo code “celebration15” to get 15% off: https://www.buildaproject.net/product-page/ecosystems-project
Divide a paper into 4 squares. Each section represents a different microhabitat in the desert. Draw plants and animals into each square.
Try eating some insects: https://www.edibleinsects.com/why-eat-bugs/
Visit an outdoor area. Write the things you see, hear, feel, taste, smell.
Choose an insect of the desert. Make an illustrated flow chart showing its life cycle.
Write names of desert plants and animals on index cards. Don't forget insects. Find out how each of these animals and plants are able to live in the desert. Write some descriptive adjectives on the cards.
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