Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Desert topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Desert Pottery

Explain to your child that many Native American peoples live in the desert. Have him or her research to learn about different peoples and their pottery. What shapes are found in Native American pottery? What do they represent? Has the desert environment influenced Native American art? Have your child make designs on construction paper and share them with the family. What does his or her shapes represent? If possible, have your child paint his or her designs on plain ceramic pots.

Land History

Land has changed over thousands of years. Areas that are lush tropical forests now were once deserts and vice versa. Scientists have found fossils of fish in areas that are now deserts. Research the land history of your town, county, or state. What fossils have been found there, and what do they indicate about your area’s past environment? If the environment has changed, what caused the change? What kinds of plants and animals live there now? By making comparisons between the past and the present, your child will be able to understand that Earth is constantly changing.

Staying Cool

Summers can be very sunny and hot and it’s important for your child to learn how to be safe. Wearing sunblock, lightweight clothing, light colors, and a hat are important ways to prevent sunburns, heat rash, and even sun poisoning. Staying indoors during the hottest part of the day and resting in the shade can also minimize sun exposure. Brainstorm different tips your child and your family can follow in order to protect themselves on sunny, hot days, while also enjoying the weather. Create a poster with the tips and post them in your home.

Filed as:  Desert, Habitats, K-3, Science