This pdf is used as the cover page for our second grade desert unit. Before students open the booklet to preview the other pages, I have them think about what they know about deserts. They write words and draw pictures that come to mind. For some students, they do not yet have background knowledge for this and I make sure that they know this is also okay. I teach them to write, "I don't know yet."
(At the end of the unit, students create a water color painting of a desert scene.)