Friday, July 4, 2014

Our Literary Summer: Week 5 - Cactus Hotel

Week 5 of our literary summer started off our Desert Theme.  We read Cactus Hotel by Brenda Guiberson.  The story teaches us all about the Saguaro cactus, its growth cycle and the native desert wildlife that call the cactus home.

We had lots of fun delving into our desert theme.  Even though I've lived in Arizona for over 7 years, this is the first time I've done a unit on the desert and thus far, it has been quite educational!

Play dough snakes - and other desert creatures

Play dough cactus, ok, this one is mine, but I was so proud! :)

Saguaro cactus art - showing roots and fruit we learned about in our story

We even found a kind neighbor who let us visit her home and observe her cactus - not a Saguaro, but still super cool to see up close!

Absorption experiment to demonstrate how roots work...

And the really awesome finished product!

We even made some tasty Bread Snakes just for fun!


I can't wait for more desert fun next week!!

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