Desert Giant is one of my favorites to use when teaching about habitats.
I have a unit that goes with this book. Bet you didn't guess that! So, here is what the cover of the unit looks like:
The unit covers these skills:
* Knowledge of desert animals
*Saguaro (plant) life cycle
*Uses of the Saguaro Cactus
*Desert Animal Habitats
*How plants and animals rely on each other
*How plants, animals, and people benefit from each other
*an illustrated booklet for students to write about the desert
*locating the Sonoran Desert on a map of the U.S.
Here is a freebie from the unit! Enjoy!
I also use the book Cactus Hotel when teaching about deserts as well! The kids love it because of all of the information it has in it! Here is the link to my unit for it!
I also wanted to share this book with you! These are some pictures from the book Creatures of the Desert World that I blogged about a bit ago. I use this as part of my unit also. Aren't the illustrations beautiful? Makes you want to walk right in! The illustrator, which I guess is National Geographic, is unreal!!
Also, for those of you that have your own laminator, I found these sheets CHEAP and they work really well. These are the ones I have started using. Just click on the pic to go look at them. I use the 5 MILs when doing cards for centers and the 3 MILs when laminating a whole sheet.