Need for lesson - Pictures of desert plants and materials needed for a miniature desert garden. A clay pot, plants, soil, pebbles, and sand.
can be pasted onto an index file card for quick reference
We have learned about different biomes such as forest, grasslands, and deserts. We talked a little about the Saguaro cactus plant. They can grow to be very tall. Cactus and succulents plants are found in a desert habitat. Cactus plants have spines on them. The spines vary in appearance, size, shape, and color. Most cacti do not have leaves. Succulent plants are also found in a desert. These are plants that have thick, fleshly water storing organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, their stems, or their roots. Aloe, jade, and agave plants are kinds of succulent plants.
We have some things to make a miniature desert garden. We can make it in this clay pot. We also have some desert plants, soil, pebbles, and sand. It reminds us of some of the things we used for our terrariums. We first put in the pebbles at the bottom of the pot. Next we can add some soil. We are going to add some sand to the top of the soil. Now we can plant our desert plants in the garden. We want to touch it up with more sand and add our desert figures. We have rocks to pick from and little lizards.
Cactus Prints - These were made with a cactus shape stamp and paint.
Need for lesson - The book, Carnival of the Animals with a CD. You have a few choices; by Jack Prelutsky, John Lithgow, and Saint-Saens. Also I found a cute puppet set on livingmontessorinow.com to use along with the CD. The children really enjoyed listening to the music and using each puppet along with the music.
Talk with the children about the composer, Camille Saint-Saens. Remind them and talk about the orchestra. The Carnival of the Animals was composed back in 1886, a very long time ago. He wrote this music while he was on holiday, or vacation in a small village in Austria, which is on the red continent on our Continent Globe. The music played in the orchestra represent different animals having a carnival. Explain that today and during the rest of this week, you will be listening to the music and talking about which instruments are being played for each animal. You can also provide art to go along with each days music and or coloring pages. I foud that we can listen to two or three pieces of music a day, depending on your group of children.
In addition to playing the Cd and listening as a group during circle time, I put the book and CD on the Listening to a Story Table for a work choice.
Carnival of the Animals