A week or so ago, we spent the afternoon learning about the Desert, some animals from the desert and other desert related facts.
We ended up using mainly one good resource book for our discussion on this day along with several Atlas’s. The book was called: Animals of the Desert by Stephen Savage
Here are a few pictures of our activities:
These two pictures of a dramatization of a cobra and a mongoose. The “Cobra” is wearing the Hooded jacket, the mongoose is the other child. They practiced the various was a cobra would react when being attacked and how a mongoose could attack the cobra.
This is my oldest son at the end of his demonstration of how a Namib Darkling beetle drinks water (he is now “dead”). It is very interesting…They stand with their head down and their abdomen up. The dew collects on their abdomen and then trickles down into their mouths. Bryce attempted to drink in this strange fashion (I was assisting, so didn’t get the picture!) and found that humans really aren’t meant to drink upside down!
These last two pictures are of my oldest son demonstrating what we discussed about rocks cracking/splitting in the desert at night because of the drastic temperature changes. It didn’t sound quite as loud as it should have because he used limestone rocks!
We also read about and discussed a mirage and oasis. We read about many desert animals and plants. We learned how awesome God is in the way He planned every detail to help them to be able to survive in such a harsh climate!
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.”