Explore the amazing world of cacti in this desert-themed unit study! Discover the diversity of these amazing species and how they survive in some of the driest places on earth. This cactus unit study includes life cycle and anatomy sections, as well as a spotlight on the saguaro cactus, a keystone species of the Sonoran Desert. I know you and your students are going to love learning all about our prickly desert friend, the cactus!
Age group: This unit was created with universal design and mixed age groups in mind. This cactus unit study is great for elementary school but is easily adapted for use with other age groups as well.
Materials Included (44-page PDF file)
→ PART 1: INTRO: about cacti, cacti vs trees Venn diagram activity. Plus a strip puzzle, coloring, and note pages!
→ PART 2: CACTI TYPES: poster, three-part cards, info cards, matching
→ PART 3: LIFE CYCLE: life cycle diagram and unlabeled copy, and a matching activity. Plus information cards for each life cycle stage.
→ PART 4: ANATOMY: anatomy diagram and unlabeled copy, vocab, matching
→ PART 5: SAGUARO: keystone species reading and 3 informational posters/handouts. Plus activity ideas and a saguaro strip puzzle.
→ Instructor materials: directions and answer key
+ Bonus materials: online resources & suggestions for expanding upon this unit’s topic are available here.
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