Which animal lives in the Sonoran Desert?
A) Woodpecker B) Owl C) Scorpion D) Hummingbird E) All of the above
E) All of the above
Many people are surprised to learn that the Sonoran Desert has an abundant variety of plants and animals. This desert is home to woodpeckers, owls, scorpions, hummingbirds, bobcats, lizards, jackrabbits, foxes, vultures, Gila monsters and many other animals. You can read all about them at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
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Title: Welcome to the Sea of Sand
Author/Illustrator: Jane Yolen (Author), Laura Regan (Illustrator)
Suitable For Ages: 4 – 9 years
Themes/Topics: Desert, Biome, Animals, Lyrical Writing
This poetic book introduces readers to a side of the desert they may not know – the side teaming with life. Gorgeous illustrations support the rich, elegant text in this nonfiction book about the Sonoran Desert. The book begins with a panorama of the “sea of sand” then focuses on specific wildlife that live there. The pictures help provide meaning to unfamiliar terms and non-experts (like me) will appreciate the pronunciation guide. This book is one of four in the “Welcome to” series by Yolen and Regan. It’s a perfect book for a unit about the desert.
Listen: Listen to the sound of spring in the Sonoran Desert (recording made available by Nature Sound Map).
Explore: Plan a (pretend) trip to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. Using the interactive map, click on the various exhibits to explore more about this surprising desert.
Watch: Watch this National Geographic video about Sonoran Babies (may be too mature for young learners).
Play in sand: Have your child use their senses while playing in a container of sand (ask what they see, smell, feel). You can increase the experience by adding rocks and toy models of the creatures mentioned in the book.
Write: Have your kids practice creative writing by 1) Drawing a desert scene and then 2) Writing a descriptive poem about the scene. You can also go outside and have the kids do the same activity regarding their surroundings. What is the same or different about the desert and where you live?
Create: Explore with the many free handouts and ideas available at Sonoran Desert Digital Library. Some of my favorites include:
How I obtained the book: I bought this book