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Day and Night in the Desert
and Night in the Desert
contrasting scenes representing daytime and nighttime activities in the
desert. Requires previous discussions of plant and animal life
- Students tape four
sheets of construction paper together into a two-by-two grid, with white
or light blue on the upper left (day), black or dark blue on the upper
right (night), and light brown on both bottom sections (underground).
- Label the sections
"day", "night", "underground", etc. Students
can also include information in small boxes such as normal daytime and
nighttime temperatures, and rainfall.
- Draw on white paper
with markers or crayons, cut out and paste down plants and animals on
both halves, showing what they do both during the day and the night.
When and where do they sleep? When do they eat?
- Lines can link
predators and prey, and relationships between plants and animals.
- Finished scenes
can be used for display in the halls.
- An alternative
is to make one large diorama at the beginning of the desert unit. Tape
a 10 cm cardboard "wall" to the edge of an empty table, and
put in sand to cover. Assign individual students to use modeling clay
or draw on cardboard the plants and animals as they are covered in the
unit, and stick them in the sand. Over the course of the unit your 3-D
desert will "come to life". Plants and animals can be labeled
with information about how they contribute to the desert ecosystem,
and when they sleep and eat and if they spend part of their time underground.