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Sustainable Design and Biomimicry in a Desert Ecosystem

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Challenge young engineers to design a sustainable guest village in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park. A collection of four lessons and five activities provide designers with all the information they need to complete the challenge of living...
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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 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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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 worksheet. 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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Desert Drama

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students 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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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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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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How Desert Insects, Scorpions and Snakes Survive

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A snake and a scorpion face off in this thrilling footage detailing the capture of a nighttime snack. The narrator very clearly describes the process of sound travel, and the suspense is both eerie and captivating!
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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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For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
What is it like in the desert? Inform your class on what makes a desert, the type of climate they'll find there, and the interesting plant and animals that live in the desert environment. This is a text-rich presentation that will...
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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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Desert Plant Adaptations in the Sonoran Desert

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students are able to identify adaptations that plants have developed to deal with harsh desert conditions, as well as explain how these adaptations help to protect these plants.
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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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Fighting for Survival in the Kalahari Desert, Africa

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Follow the Damara mole rat underground as he excavates the wet sands of the Kalahari Desert. What does he eat? How does he survive in the harsh conditions of the desert? Find out with this informative video.
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African Beetles Beat the Heat in the Sahara Desert

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Three thousand plant species light up Africa's Karoo Desert for merely two weeks of the year. Compare and contrast the Karoo geography with that of the Sahara to highlight the difference just a few extra centimeters of rain can have on a...
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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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Painted Desert Drama

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils investigate the concept of deserts and erosion. They conduct research using a variety of resources and focus upon finding images of the Painted Desert in Arizona. They create drawings that are imitations taken from the images.
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Investigate the Sonoran Desert

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read article in Chain Reaction about the Sonoran Desert and answer questions.
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Surviving in the Desert

For Teachers 3rd
Internet research should always begin with a topic, how about desert plants? Students will split into pairs to conduct Internet research on a randomly chosen desert plant. They will use their findings to create fact cards about various...
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Desert Views: First Impressions

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students are introduced to primary source material and the ways in which early travelers viewed aspects of the desert environment. The lesson addresses the geography themes of location, region, and human/environment interaction.

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