The Sonoran Desert: Our Backyard

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During reading class, we read a nonfiction article from Ranger Rick Magazine about a woman who is a photographer and explores her backyard-the Galapagos Islands.  The article was called Wild Shots: They’re My Life.   We are being photographers just like her, but we are taking the photos in our backyard-the Sonoran Desert.  The photos you will see and learn about were taken at our school, in our school habitat,  and around our neighborhoods.

by Claire and Lilly

There are many kinds of deserts.  Some deserts have just sand like the Saharan Desert and some have lots of plants and animals like the Sonoran Desert.  The Sonoran Desert is located in Arizona and other parts of the west.  This desert usually gets less than 10  inches of rain a year.  In the summer, temperatures can get as high as 130 degress!  The Sonoran Desert is sometimes called the “green desert” because of all the plants that grow here. 

Here is a Voicethread our class created.  Check it out!

by Hannah and Dianne

 What did you learn about the Sonoran Desert?  Can you add anymore details to our Voicethread?

4 thoughts on “The Sonoran Desert: Our Backyard

  1. Dear Mrs. Fraher’s class,

    I love your VoiceThread on the Sonoran Desert. Some of those photos are absolutely fabulous. I loved the coyote running through your neighborhood, and the baby birds nestled in their cactus nest.

    I absolutely appreciate all the research you are doing on our habitat. Even though we live here, there are facts that I learn that astonish me. What facts shocked you as you did your research?

    Mrs. Watanabe

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  3. Hello Grade Three,

    I enjoyed your Voicethread entries. I have heard of the Sonoran Desert even though I live in Australia. I was fascinated by the succulents and animal life.

    The first school I worked in had some similarities to the Sonoran Desert. It was in western New South Wales (my state).

    Annual rainfall was low. When I started there had been a drought for a few years and the school water tank was almost dry. Summer temperatures reached over 120F for two weeks running at one stage.

    Animal life had some similarities to your area. We had pigeons we called topknots. There were rabbits although they aren’t native to Australia. There were snakes and feral pigs. All seems similar so far, but we weren’t known for cacti and some of our animals are not found in the Sonoran such as the red kangaroo, emu (bird) and brolga (bird).

    The little school was over 60 miles from a town. It served the children from sheep and cattle properties. I lived on a 100,000 acre sheep station and drove 12 miles to school each day. Where I was living was one of the closer houses to the school.

    If you are allowed to view it, here is a link to a photo of my first school taken in 1981. The image was taken from a video I made 30 years back so the quality isn’t high.

    Thank you for sharing a very interesting post that brought back memories of my first full time teaching position. 🙂

    Ross Mannell (teacher)
    NSW, Australia

  4. Dear Sonoran Dessert Crew (and Lilly and Claire)

    Everybody did really good! But I’m still not sure that I like hearing my voice. Do you know where specifically where the Saharan Dessert is located? Are you sure that this year we did not get ten inches of rain?


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