One of the books I have been reading to the children to go with our desert unit is Way Out in the Desert. This is a charming little board book based on the poem "Over in the Meadow" and features many desert plants and animals that we will be learning about.
To piggy-back on what we've learned from this book, I made up a little cut and paste booklet activity. My students LOVE to make little booklets and they really don't take me that long to create. Below you can see how this work is set up on a shelf. The children sit at the two white tables to do this activity.
There is a basket of "blank" booklets which have the names of the animals printed one per page and a holder with the animal photos to cut out........
...........and a basket with 2 pair of scissors, 2 glue sticks and 2 gluing mats plus a jar with a pencil for writing names on the cover of the booklets.
These laminated cards are attached to the back of the shelf for reference as the children make their booklets. They are the same animals from the book, just using real photos of the animals instead of illustrations.
This photo shows a student getting ready to glue her scorpion photo in place. I have found that setting up these booklets in this manner allows even my youngest children to be pretty independent at completing them with minimal adult help.