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Deserts are often described as desolate, barren wastelands. They're not. Plants grow in deserts, and animals survive there. You'll be surprised what you can uncover about the life of a desert.

See http://www.desertusa.com/life.html/ and click on "Animals." Choose three that interest you from the Animal Archive chart. How do they survive in the desert?

Click on the "Animal of the Month." Write five facts about it. Select the "Plant of the Month." Write five facts about that, too.

Now visit Minerals and Geology, located at the top of the page. Click on "North American Deserts." Explain the difference between a hot desert and a cold desert.

Go to Plants and Wildflowers. Choose three plants. What do they have in common with the animals you read about earlier?

Extension Activity

From this screen, visit Places to Go, located on the left of the screen. Select a state and then a national park in that state. Create a four-page travel brochure, a booklet that will encourage visitors to go there.

Deserts Teacher's Notes

Grade Levels: 3-6

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Time Required: 1 class period