Saguaro Cactus

By: Danielle Gonzales



INTRODUCTION:

Come on in! Hello my name is Ronnie the Robot and welcome to my classroom! I am learning about the Sonoran Desert but I need your help! Can you help me figure out this clue? I am green all over and covered in spines. I stand all day underneath a sun that shines. I get white flowers in the spring and red fruit in the summer. If you fall on me that sure would be a bummer! Who am I? A SAGUARO CACTUS! That's right! Good job! Now look through this page and learn more information about the saguaro cactus. There is a quiz at the end of the website to test your knowledge. There are also fun activities you can do at the bottom of this page! Good luck! Bye!






WHO AM I?
I am a Saguaro Cactus and I live in the Sonoran Desert. I am usually really big and covered in prickly spines. I can live for many, many years.


WHERE DO I LIVE? 
I live in the Sonoran desert. I can be found in Arizona, parts of California, and Mexico. I can live for more than 150 years!

 
WHAT DO I EAT?
I need sunshine in order to grow. I also need water to drink but since I live in the desert (and there is not a lot of water) I save as much as I can. I also need soil (dirt) in order to live!




HOW DO I LOOK? 
I produce flowers; they are open during the day but close up at night. Bees, bats, birds, 
butterflies, wasps bring pollen to me so I can fertilize. You will begin to see fruit once fertilization is accomplished.


HOW DO I REPRODUCE?
I am green and have spines that cover my body. I am really tall and have lots of arms. I get white flowers in late spring and red fruit in the summer.

FUN FACT ABOUT ME? 
I am the largest cactus in the United States. When I am full of water I can weigh about 4,500 pounds! It takes a long time for me to become big because I grow really, really slow!





ACTIVITIES:
Kindergarten - Open up the attachment titled Kindergarten Activites located at the bottom 

of this page. Have the student(s) practice their Cc's and then color the cactus! Then read a story to the child(ren) about cacti. 

First and Second Grade - Open up the attachment titled First and Second Grade Activites. 
Have the student(s) draw a cactus and color it! Then have the child(ren) write a short story or fun facts about cacti. Next, read a story to the child(ren)
Third Grade - Have the student(s) write a poem on a Word Document or a sheet of paper about cacti with pictures. Next, read a story to the child(ren).
*Open up the attachment titled Directions for Activites to see a detailed actitvity plan. This attachment also lists recommended books about cacti. 

Assessment:





 

YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ME BELOW (click on the titles to take you to the page):
  • Desert Museum: This is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in once place!
  • Desert USA:  This is a comprehensive resource about the North American deserts and Southwest Destinations.
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Danielle Gonzales,
Sep 27, 2011, 12:56 AM
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