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Desert Animal Sorting

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
What makes certain animals better suited for desert life than others? Explore the differences between desert and non-desert animals with this picture sorting activity. Be sure to print the worksheet in color so students can observe and...
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Desert Drama

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Learners read both fiction and nonfiction books with desert themes. Then they write desert stories and reports, reviewing texts for information to include in writing. Students also design desert scenes with details and setting elements...
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Living in the Desert

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Conduct an investigation on the plants used by the Hohokam tribe. To survive in the harsh desert environment the Hohokam used many natural resources. Learners read, research, map, and graph multiple aspects of Hohokam plant use as a...
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Desert Dwellers

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
What can a quarter possibly teach young learners about desert ecosystems? More than you might think. After displaying and discussing the included picture of the Arizona state quarter, the class participates in a series of shared reading...
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Deserts and Winds

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Although the wind blows frequently in deserts and may even contribute to their existence, you may teach these two topics separately. Regardless, there are demonstrative photos and diagrams that support the explanations. Explore the...
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Do Some Research: Deserts

For Students 4th - 7th
What is a biome? Young scientists use the library and the Internet to research oases and deserts. Once they have completed their research, class members write a summary of their findings and create an illustration highlighting what they...
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Reading Comprehension: Obesity and Food Deserts

For Students 8th - 10th
Read this selection about "food deserts," places where high poverty rates limit access to healthy foods with your class. Six multiple choice questions on comprehension, inferences, vocabulary, and citing the text follow the selection and...
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Desert Ecosystems

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Introduce your class to the desert ecosystems using this colorful and informative presentation. This resource discusses desert plants and animals. It also identifies the deserts in the Southwest region of the United States. There are...
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Desert Biome

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Desert rocks are sprinkled in a sea of sand, but one day they'll be sand themselves. Watch the effects of wind on the desert biome and entice your students with these breathtaking images.
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Lizards, Snakes, and Poisonous Animals in the Deserts of Australia

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Australia has more lizards than any other country. Learners have an opportunity to get up close to one type, the goanna lizard, with a short video about how this speedy reptile survives under the harsh conditions of the outback. Viewers...
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Computer Simulation of the Sonoran Desert Community

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
See how changes in initial populations and parameters affect a biological community. Individuals use a special software program to simulate a desert community with five species. They adjust initial populations to see how the community...
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Why Does Earth Have Deserts?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Deserts make up 33 percent of the land surface area on the earth, so why does Earth have them? The video explains the wind and weather patterns that lead to deserts as well as rain forests. It details how this is related to the ocean...
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Jungle Atop A Desert

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Trees need nutrients, so how does a jungle grow on top of a desert? The video walks through one such jungle. The root mat and soil samples appear unique. It discusses each discovery and conclusion throughout the virtual tour. The video...
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Desert People and the Saguaro

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
The saguaro is the focus of an examination of the importance of this stately cactus to the indigenous people in the Sonoran Desert.
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Plant Growth of Tropical Flowers in the Desert

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Can you imagine the desert floor being covered by bright, vibrant flowers? Watch the desert plants transform from dry and crisp to dazzling and colorful in this video. Use as an introduction to desert pollination or to present the...
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Deserts of the World

For Students 4th - 6th
The major deserts of the world are labeled on this geography learning exercise. An excellent map of the world showing where the deserts are located, is used along with a list of the 12 major deserts of the world. Very good!
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Desert Cacti

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Did you know that the saguaro cactus can live for up to 200 hundred years? Learn more about this specialized cactus by showing this short, informational video clip set in the Sonoran Desert, the only desert where saguaros can live!
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Desert Plants and Cactus

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Plants have unique ways of adapting to droughts. Show your class this video to highlight some of the many adaptations desert plants have adopted over time.
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Deserts: Hot or Cold?

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about hot or cold deserts and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
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Desert Water Keepers

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders identify ways that cactus plants survive in the desert. They distinguish between water acquisition and water conservation and create their own plant that could survive in a desert climate.
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Desert Plants

For Teachers 4th - 6th
In this desert plants worksheet, young scholars read five passages about desert plants and answer the five comprehension questions that follow each one.
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WWII - Brits Duel Desert Fox

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who is the Desert Fox? Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox, was forced to lead German troops to Tobruk after Italian troops failed to drive back British forces. Although Rommel's army ended up retreating, he still...
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Designing a Winning Guest Village in the Saguaro National Park

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Don't desert a resource on the desert! Scholars work in groups to build on their ideas from the previous lesson to design a sustainable guest village in the Saguaro National Park. Each group produces a PowerPoint presentation to share...
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How African Elephants Beat the Heat in the Desert

For Teachers 5th - 8th
How many days can a desert elephant go without water? I think the answer may surprise you! Take a brief journey to an African desert to learn more about the elephant, its crucial role in desert life, and its innate ability to find water...

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