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Teacher's Note

Teachers and Mentors,

This project has been of great benefit for myself, and I believe that the benefits that it can have for children and in the classroom are endless. This website is beneficial to students and teachers in so many different ways. First of all, it is only a few clicks away on the Internet and children can have a valid source of information regarding almost everything about the Sonoran Desert. Students can choose to learn about vegetation, crawlers, wildlife, lizards and snakes, and the weather. In addition, students can choose to look at specific sub topics of each of those general topics and learn all about specifics. Each sub page includes an introductory video, pictures, information, fun facts, activities for grades k-3, and an assessment review. For teachers, there is an entirely different subsection filled with wonderful lesson plans and ideas for teaching or mentoring inside or outside of the classroom. All information is easily accessible and teachers can change or revise any lesson plan to fit their needs or desires.
I have personally created three sub-pages for this project focusing on vegetation, crawlers, and wildlife in the Sonoran Desert. I focused on the Desert Willow, the Vermilion Fly Catcher and the White-Lined Sphinx. Each page gives a descriptive overview of the topic and includes an Xtranormal Video, pictures, activities for children, and an assessment to be taken at the end. I have spent weeks researching and editing this webpage to ensure that all the information is up to date and easily understandable for both teachers and students. Activities were carefully created to benefit students learning and give students the opportunity to review and explain what they have learned.
In the future, I plan to regularly use this site as an early childhood educator. In my classroom, I plan to set apart a significant amount of time to focus on the Sonoran Desert and explain to children all the different things that live in there. I will first give a brief overview of the broad topics such as vegetation, wildlife, and crawlers and then take a daily lesson to focus on the more specific such as the desert willow, white lined sphinx, etc. These web pages have been created to assist teachers and give them a basic lesson plan with activities for children included. Children can take the review assessments in my class and they can be used as mini quizzes, and the art projects are definitely beneficial to tie in arts and crafts time with science and social studies.

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