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At-Home Activities: Desert Adventures - Natural Wonders

February 8-12

Workshop Class Activities:

  1. Craft – Po-up Desert Scene

  2. Key Points – Wonders of the Desert

  3. Collaborative - Senet

  4. Language Arts – Desert or Dessert?

  5. Math/Logic – Bufflegrass Vs. Saguaro Cactus Doubling Activity

  6. Prepare for Adventure - Erosion Expleriment

  7. Big Activity - Stratigraphy Snacktivity

  8. Movement - Kudoda Game

At-Home Activities

See a suggested week schedule at


  • Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to deserts

  • notebook or lined paper

  • two months of a blank calendar:

  • graph paper:

  • chess

  • blank map of the world:

  • poster board


Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to deserts



“There will never be a photograph of the Grand Canyon that can adequately describe its depth, breadth, and true beauty.” - Stefanie Payne

“The glories and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon - forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain.” - John Wesley Powell

Language arts lesson

Homophones are words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings, or spelling, for example new and knew.

Writing Activity

Write a paragraph with homophones in it, but use the wrong spellings. Let someone else read your paragraph. Can they catch the misspellings? For example, “I watched my mom rap presents while listening to wrap music.”


I want to visit a desert so I can...


Math Concept

In math, doubling means making a number that is twice the original number. This can be accomplished by adding the number with itself (3+3=6), or by multiplying the number by 2 (3x2=6).

Math Project

Pretend you got a job that will last for 7 weeks. You have two options for how much you are paid.

1. You get $100 for the first day, $200 for the second day, $300 for the third day. Each day you are paid $100 more than the day before.

2. You get 1 cent for the first day, 2 cents for the second day, 4 cents for the third day. Each day you are paid double what you were paid the day before.

Which option do you choose? You may want to use a blank calendar to solve this problem.

Math Concept

The definition of "largest canyon" is imprecise, because a canyon can be large by its depth, its length, or the total area of the canyon system.

Math Project

Compare the sizes of the largest canyons in the world. Use graph paper to illustrate, the length, width, and/or depth of six different large canyons, each from a different continent.

Mental math

Do some timed tests:

Math games

Play chess.


Research and Report

Use a blank map to show the locations of the seven natural wonders of the world. Draw a picture of the wonder and include at least one interesting fact about each wonder.

Themed Fireworks Project

Use poster board to make a diagram that labels the layers of the Grand Canyon.

6-week project

Practice your oral report. There are various ways to present an oral report. You could:

• Give your oral report from memory. You can use the outline you created in week 3 to remind you what to say.

• Read your written report.

• Show and describe your display.

• Demonstrate how to do something (i.e., make slime, play a sport, etc.).

Create an event around your presentation. Invite family and maybe even prepare some refreshments.

Give your oral report, show your display, and share your written report. Celebrate your accomplishment!


Visit a wind farm.

Other Ideas

  • Make some sandpaper art:

  • Make a multi-layered cake, then carve it to look like the Grand Canyon. ◦ ◦

  • What invasive plants can you find in your area? Discover the impact these plants have had on your local ecology.

  • Play an African children’s game:

  • Find one unique feature of each of the world's deserts. Put pictures of that feature on a map of the world showing the deserts.

  • Write a review of the story or movie Aladdin.

  • Play Double Take:

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