Teaching with TOOBS: DESERT

Teaching with TOOBS: DESERT
Teaching with TOOBS: DESERT
Teaching with TOOBS: DESERT
Teaching with TOOBS: DESERT
Teaching with TOOBS: DESERT
Teaching with TOOBS: DESERT
Teaching with TOOBS: DESERT
Teaching with TOOBS: DESERT
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TOOB® miniature figures are a great way to incorporate learning through play; and these Teaching with TOOBs: Desert games highlight the Desert Biome, as well as important literacy and math skills. Each of my Teaching with TOOBs sets includes…

  • Photo Matching Game: Instead of a straight “matching the figure to a picture of the figure” approach, I use colorful photos of the animal or object to target the critical thinking skills of comparing and contrasting. To increase the level of difficulty, combine two or more sets.
  • Roll and Cover Addition Game: Children roll the dice and cover the answer/photo with the matching TOOB figure. One mat can be used to play independently or with a partner. Several children can play if you have a collection of game mats and figures. The first one to cover all of their photos wins.

The Desert set also includes these additional resources:

  • Three-Part Game Cards: Create multiple games with this set that includes a name, photo, and fun fact card for each animal or plant. Match figures to names, fact cards to photos, figures to fact cards, and so on.
  • Write and Wipe Vocabulary Cards: Laminate these cards and add an erasable marker for writing and spelling practice.

Desert Vocabulary Enrichment Words:

armadillo, big horn ram, bobcat, coyote, horned lizard, mountain lion, prairie dog, rattlesnake, roadrunner, saguaro cactus, scorpion

Targeted Skills:

  • Identifying animals in the Desert Biome
  • Understanding science vocabulary relating to the desert
  • Writing and spelling desert vocabulary words
  • Critical thinking skills of comparing and contrasting (analysis)
  • Adding numbers with sums from 2-12

Sample Pages: Please see the preview for sample pages. For those who may not be familiar with Safari TOOBs, I’ve also included “What, Why, and Where to Buy” information page in the preview.

Technical Info: The files are in PDF format, combined into a single zip drive, and are illustrated with high-definition photographs. For best results, duplicate the activities on cardstock, photo, or similar heavy paper; and laminate.


Bundle and Save: This set is included, at a 20% savings, in the Teaching with TOOBs: Biomes Bundle.

Related Resources:

Biomes of the World: The Desert Biome

What Is a Biome? FREE Poster


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