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  • Make sure students have completed the absorb and the do activities on the blog before viewing these activities.
  • Choice 1: Who am I cards are great for learning definitions and really understanding what the students are reading. They have to match based on the information on the cards.
  • Preparing materials and giving lessons is a lot of fun for the children.
  • Have students type or write the cards.
  • If printing from a computer, two sets can be printed, one for a control and the other to cut apart.
  • The puzzle maps are a favorite in the classroom. This gives the students a new purpose for tracing them.
  • The children love to hang their artwork in the classroom.
  • This can be in the form of an essay or a script for a play (like the Saguaro Story).


  • 1. Botany: Follow Up Work – Connect
    Botanical Garden Virtual Fieldtrip
    Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, Arizona
    Laura Daleiden-Altmaier
    EDU 652
    Dr. Rhia Roberts
    April 24, 2011
  • 2. Botany
    After completing ALL of the activities on the Virtual Botany Field Trip Blog…
    View this presentation and choose one of the three follow up activities to complete. Share them with your classmates.
    Clips from that presentation are shown at the top of some slides to refresh your memory.
  • 3. Botany
    Choose One of the following 3
    Who am I cards
  • 4. Choice 1
    Botany virtual field trip
    Student Follow Up Work
    Create Who Am I Cards and give your classmates the lesson.
  • 5. Create the lesson
    Describe 5 photos or drawings of plants you found in your neighborhood and share the drawing or photo, along with a description of the plant. You need to use encyclopedias, books, and the internet to find your information.
    The following website is a great place to start.
  • 6. Create the material
    Type or write (neatly) the description on the bottom of cardstock. Cut these apart so you have a set of five descriptions (one for each plant you have researched.)
    Type the name of the plant on another piece of card stock. This should be bigger and bolder than the definition.
  • 7. Attach the photos
    Attach your photos or drawings to card stock (or, print them on card stock). Each photo or drawing will match up to one of the definitions. Be sure to write the correct plant name on the BACK of the definition card AND the photo/drawing cardso your classmates can check their own work!
  • 8. Put the work on the shelf for your friends to try!
  • 9. Choice 2
    Botany virtual field trip
    Student Follow Up Work
    Create a map of the southwest and place photos of the plants where they are found.
  • 10. Botany
    Create the lesson
    Research where the plants in the Botany Virtual Field Trip Presentation are found. You may need to do some research for this!
    The following website is a great place to start.
  • 11. Create the material
    Trace the southwestern United States and Mexico by using the North America puzzle map. Using the photos from the Botany Field Trip presentation, print, cut out and place them on the map where they are found.
  • 12. Botany
    share the material
    Place your map on the wall for other children to view. Share your findings on circle.
  • 13. Where Desert
    Plants Can Be Found
  • 14. Choice 3
    Botany virtual field trip
    Student Follow Up Work
    Write a story about the desert, the plants and animals that live here. Make sure to include facts about the animals and plants from your virtual field trip.
  • 15. Things to include
    What is a desert?
    Name some plants that grow here.
    Name some animals that live here and their habitats.
    Why is there so little rain here?
    Create a fun story, based on research, to read to the class!
  • 16. References
    Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum (2011) Education and online learning. Retrieved April 10, 2011 from
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (2011) The University of Arizona. Retrieved April 11, 2011 from
    Desert Botanical Garden (2010) Retrieved April 10, 2011 from
    Photo credits:
    All photos taken by Laura Altmaier unless otherwise specified.