Our Cactus/Desert Unit

Recently, we finished up a cactus/desert unit study. It was a lot of fun! We decorated part of our homeschool wall to bring a little of the Arizona desert landscape indoors.

The cactus on the left is a common one here, called Prickly Pear, and of course the one in the center is the famous Saguaro. I'm not sure what the plant on the right is called, but we see them all the time around here.  Marissa drew the little owl nesting in the Saguaro and I printed the rattle snake, scorpion and toad from a free download from this website.

The wall wasn't the only project we had going on. Marcus made his own desert diorama featuring 3 different cacti. These are the supplies he used, all from the dollar store (except for the box and glue).

He constructed his Saguaro out of floral foam.

The small red cactus on the left is a California Fire Barrel and the orange cactus on the right is a Golden Torch.

Marcus did some research on all three cacti and made a little cactus flip book. This page is showing the process of photosynthesis.

We used this book, Desert Giant, by Barbara Bash, as a resource. We also used the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum website. Have your kids check out this page and this page.

This unit was inspired by our visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum back in September. We really need to go back!

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