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Desert animals

There are lots of different desert animals to learn about.  I am not sure where to start.  Here is a website that has information about desert animals.

http://www.desertanimals.net/

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/meerkat/

http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/mammals/meerkat

Meercats are fun to watch.  There is even a show about them.

This site has a cute meercat craft.  http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/meerkat-crafts-for%20kids.html

 

Other activities

-Measure the temperature above ground.  Then dig a hole in the ground and take a temperature below ground. (not an activity to be done in the dead of winter)  Ask students what the differences were between the temperatures.  What other purpose is there for digging a hole to live in?  Why not live in a tree?

-What adaptations do the Meercats have to help them live in a harsh environment?  Some examples are frequent litters of pups, the can eat scorpions because they are immune to their venom, live in large family groups, use communication to alert danger.

Spotted Hyenas

-How are hyenas like dogs?  How are they different?

-What relationship do hyenas have with lions?

-Are hyenas predators or scavengers?

Texas horned lizard

-What class is this animal in?  Mammal, reptile or amphibian?

-Why does this animal have horns on it?

Lappet faced vulture

-Is this animal a predator or scavenger?

-Why is the birds beak shaped like it is?

-Where in the desert does this bird live?

Fennec Fox

-How has this fox adapted to live in a hot environment? Why does it have such big ears?

Experiment that demonstrates how ears keep animal cool.

http://www.education.com/science-fair/article/hot-desert-animals/?page=2

Dromedary Camel

-make a list of what students know about camels.  Read about camels on various sites and see what is true and what is false. (for example the hump is not made of water)

Handprint Camel Craft Project – Have the kids learn about desert animals, make the animal with finger paint, and use the animal as the middle of a web.  Write interesting facts they've learned about their animal around it.

Caracal

-How does this animal resemble other animals the students are familiar with?

-Is this animal closer to the size of a mountain lion or a house cat?  Why do you think it is this size?

-Have students make a desert scene showing where animals live in the desert.  Have them sh0w some animals that make burrows underground, in a cactus and under rocks.  What colors do you see in a desert?  Why are desert animals this color?

-On a world map mark where some of these animals are found.

http://teachingmama.org/desert-animal-printables/

I like the vocabulary cards on this site

http://owensfamily-gwyn.blogspot.com/2013/03/desert-animals-printable.html

Sort desert animals by class, location, color, size, diet…..

Desert Animal tube

Desert Diorama using Toob "Desert" animals

 

Another good site with information about desert animals.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/gobi-desert-animals.html

 

 

 

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Math and Science

Here are some fun math and science ideas. This is a great way to work on the concepts of more, less, how many, how many more than etc. Oh, and it is fun too. The instructions for the game are on the blog.

static play

http://www.blogmemom.com/math-and-science-activity/

STEMbites: Your home for bite-size math and science lessons from everyday life.

The key and lock activity has various skills to work on.  The kids could look at different kinds of locks to see how they work.

Math and Science Activities with Keys

http://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/k-is-for-key-math-and-science-activities.html

This activity I would use small numbers for kindergarten.  This could also be done with the alphabet.  What letter is after t.  I would also glue a picture on the back and cut along the sticks.  That way when they are finished they can turn the sticks over to self check.  If the picture is in the right order then they are correct!

http://www.classroomdiy.com/2013/02/diy-mental-math-game.html

This game is so fun.  The kids love trying to make the tallest or shortest person.  They also like mixing up the body parts like putting the tutu on the police officer.

Early math and science game.

Here are some fun math and science activities with cars!  I know that some of my students like to sort cars by vans, trucks, cars, tractors etc. They get really specific sometimes.

Preschool Math Ideas with Toy Vehicles the measured mom055 590x590 8 Preschool Math Ideas    using toy vehicles!

http://www.themeasuredmom.com/8-preschool-math-ideas-using-toy-vehicles/

Super cute!

http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2013/05/acorn-number-and-balancing-game.html

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http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/mad-bubble-scientist-everyday-ingredients-amazing-results/

http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2012/03/building-with-ice-cubes.html

Stamping!

Stamping with Dice

http://www.housingaforest.com/stamping-dice/