Desert Seasons

May 2, 2012

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Desert Seasons

By Layne deMarin

Capstone (Wonder Readers)

ISBN #9781429686358

Grades PreK-2

“The Sonoran Desert is in the southwest corner of the United States. It stretches across parts of Arizona and California. It is a place of remarkable beauty.”

For a long time, I’ve thought about how seasons vary in different parts of the United States. I always felt disappointed as a child when school began in Texas, with the cheerful falling leaves on the bulletin boards, and it was still 95 degrees and green leaves covered our trees.

This book addresses the seasons in the desert, specifically the Sonoran Desert, a beautiful place. The information reveals the warm temperatures for most of the year and traces the seasonal changes that do take place in each season. It covers the ecology and life in those seasons in a controlled vocabulary and brings the cycle of the seasons full circle at the end. The book shows the relationships of plants, animals, and the weather, making it a great introduction to food chains and ecology of specific biomes.

The bright photos support the vocabulary and show the results of the changing seasons. The small size of the book makes it just right to attract young readers while allowing them to stretch their comprehension while reading. Back matter includes a glossary, a website for more information, and an index. It also suggests a comparison activity that would work well with any region of the country. Desert Seasons fits well within the Common Core Standards for reading information texts and specific use of photos and back matter, as well as reading with purpose and understanding.

Activity

Look up information about other deserts in the U.S. They include, besides the Sonoran, the Great Basin, Mohave, and Chihuahuan. Choose one of them and create a seasons chart that shows the plant and animal life and the weather for each season in that desert. Draw pictures to illustrate the life and weather for each season in that desert.

This Google site has pictures for images the readers can use to create their own.

See more about the Sonoran Desert here.

The Desert Museum has good desert information for many of them. (I love the Desert Museum!)

Read about more desert information here.

The Growing with Science blog has wonderful desert information with lots of pictures of plants and animals. Search it for specific information.

National Science Standard: interdependent relationships in ecosystems

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