IMG_96202nd grade has been learning about the different ways plants and animals survive in the Sonoran Desert.  We read All About the Sonoran Desert by Kendra Adams.  The book is broken up into 2 parts: ways plants survive in the desert and the ways animals survive in the desert.  (This is an excellent book if you are looking for something similar or comparing/contrasting)

IMG_9567In partners, students had to locate 2 ways plants survive in the desert and put them on a sticky note for our chart. Some of the things they discovered were:

  • A nurse plant shades a smaller plant to help it grow.
  • Plants store water and swell up and slowly use the water over time.
  • Spines on a cactus help it from getting sunburned and also protect it from being eaten by other animals.

The next day students had to locate 3 ways animals survive in the desert and put them on a sticky note for our chart.  Some of things they discovered were:

  • Javelinas rest in the shade of a cactus plant to stay cool.
  • The desert tortoise digs deep holes in the dirt to stay cool or rests under large rocks.  It will also eat the fruit from a cactus plant to get water.
  • The jackrabbit has long ears that let out the heat from its body.
  • Desert birds lift up their feathers to stay cool.
  • Birds make nest inside a cactus plant to stay cool.

IMG_9619After we had found our facts together we came up with a group story on how we could put the facts together into one writing piece.  Students then took from our model and made their own, writing about 2 ways both plants and animals survive within the desert.

 

 

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