Must-Read Mentor Text: D is for Desert

~Happy Sunday, Friends~
"But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!" -Psalm 40:16 

I am off to my lovely sister-in-law's college graduation on this wet, rainy, gray wonderful day! :)
But before I sit in the rain head out, I wanted to link up with Collaboration Cuties for their...
This week's theme is SCIENCE and I am going to
share one from a series I adore:
This book is written in an alphabet form - each page contains two letters of the alphabet and gives examples of something found in a desert that begins with each letter.
Each fact is written in poetry - so creative!
Here are some sample poems from the book:

J is for the Joshua tree,
ith flower clusters of greenish white.
They sit atop its arm-like branches
and create an unusual sight.
L is for a lizard 
basking in the desert sun.
Until its body gets too hot,
then to the shade it runs.

I learned so much about deserts from this book - did you know that approximately 1/3 of the Earth's surface is considered desert? But only 20% of those deserts are covered in sand - the majority are polar deserts, or areas covered in ice.
Fascinating, eh?

This book is special to me because my mom bought it for me when she and my dad vacationed in California one year. Living just outside NYC, the majority of my students (myself included!) have never seen a real desert (hot or cold) and this book, D is for Desert, gives a comprehensive overview of desert facts that will enlighten even the strictest city-dweller :)

And, as you know, I never just read a book and move on. I have to create something to assess comprehension, extend the activity, and solidify details in the brain. And that's what I've done for D is for Desert.


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This week's Tricks of the Trade  topic is...
drum roll please...
Field Trips - how do you schedule them, organize them, manage them, etc. What types of activities do you do before, during, and/or after your trips?
Can't wait to read your tips on Thursday!
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