Make a card that pops up into a desert landscape when you open it.
Begin with a piece of card stock or construction paper. Fold the paper in half and cut two sets of slits into the paper on the fold side, about three inches apart and a half inch wide.
Next fold a second piece of paper (probably brown or yellow since this is a desert) in half and draw your landscape lightly in pencil. Try to include as many desert landforms as possible. A butte and a mesa can be the large elements that pop out from the back of the card.
Next cut out your landscape elements, color areas you want colored, and glue them onto the back of the card.
We included a butte, mesa, canyon, river, cliff, gulch, dune, and oasis in our desert landscape. You can change or add to it as you desire.
Learn about wind and water erosion that shape the deserts.
Deserts are very dry on the surface, but under the surface there are often large underground rivers, known as aquifers. Sometimes they break through the surface and make oases.
Learn more about a particular desert. the Sonora and the Sahara are popular choices, but you might also study the Gobi, Atacama, Kalahari, Great Victoria, Arabian, or Antarctic deserts.
Check out several pop-up style books from the library. Read them and examine how they are put together. Some of them are engineering marvels.
This activity is from Unit 1-8 of the Layers of Learning Curriculum. You really need the whole thing. Organized. Smart. Fun. Flexible.