- Easier - A
desert is a dry, often sandy place. Few plants grow
in deserts because there is so little
- Harder - A desert
is a region that supports little plant life because
of insufficient moisture and dry soil. They are
usually (but not always) hot, barren regions that
receive little rainfall. Deserts, also called arid
regions, characteristically receive less than 10
inches of rainfall per year. Deserts cover about
one-fifth of the earth's surface.
- Deserts have varied landscapes created by water
and wind erosion and by deposits of silt, sand, and
other sediments. And though rain is scarce in all
desert regions, deserts are not total wastelands.
Deserts usually have at least one permanent
drainage system of dry stream beds.
- This ultimate desert resource lets you visit
North American deserts through pictures, stories
and video clips.
- Site has information on deserts: what they are,
where they are located, and the plants and animals
which live in them.
of Our World: A Literary
- Experience the diversity and cultural richness
of the world's deserts through the people who have
been challenged by their uniqueness and rewarded by
their remoteness. Writer contributors include
Hillerman, Nichols, and others.
- This is the website of a wildlife and botanical
park devoted to desert habitats of the world, home
to many of the world's rarest animals and
- Complete a Desert
WebQuest. Take part in one of these
interactive webQuest missions about the
desert environment and its inhabitants.
You may need to adapt some of the plans
but have fun and learn.
- 1) Deserts of the World http://horizon.nmsu.edu/ddl/wqdesertworlds_k.html
- 2) EcoQuest: Desert Edition (Grade
- 3) Deserts of the World WebQuest
- 4) Is There Life in the Desert?
(Grade 4-6) http://www.ccsd.net/schools/hoggard/Desert.html
- 5) The Desert is Ours by Stephanie
Tennille (Arizona Sonoran Desert)
- 6) The Living Desert: Wildlife Park
- 7) North American Deserts http://wapiti.pvs.k12.nm.us/~Computer/deserts.htm
- A Dozen Desert Survival Tips.
After visiting Desert
Animal Survival (Desert USA) to learn
about animal adaptation and survival,
begin to consider what procedures people
have to follow when traveling in a desert.
Visit some other websites (Desert
Survival, and the Arizona State
Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs'
Survival Safety Tips); then compose
your list of a "Dozen Desert Survival
Tips." Place them in an order of
- Desert Writings. Visit
of Our World and read literature about
deserts. Then visit the Digital
Desert Project and take a photographic
tour of a desert area. Write a story or
poem about the desert setting. Or look at
of Jedediah Strong Smith, write your
own fictional desert adventure.
- Create a Desert Garden.
Desert USA, Desert
Living Desert, and Lower
Sonoran Desert to see what plants are
found in deserts. Then design your own
desert garden. Include pictures of the
plants that you decide to include. Don't
forget to label and describe your desert
plants. Protect your fragile garden;
instruct your visitors in ways to protect
the desert environment.
- Create a Desert Mural. Visit
the desert websites, then create a
bulletin board mural. Plan the layout.
Start with the desert landscape, then add
typical plants, and animals. Don't forget
insects and reptiles.
- Desert Adventure. How will you
survive the desert? You are stranded in
the desert.How will you survive until help
- Desert WebQuest: http://www.hilliard.k12.oh.us/resources/webquest/desertquest.html
- Websites By Kids For Kids
- Learn about desert animals.Website by fourth
Explorer! (1999 ThinkQuest Project)
- Here you can learn about the desert; its
animals and plants, the climate and weather, the
at Mysterious Journey (1999 ThinkQuest
- This website was designed for students to gain
an understanding of the desert tropic area.
At Earth's Homepage (1998 ThinkQuest
- Here is a brief overview of the desert
Desert Animals of the U.S. (1999 ThinkQuest
- Here you can learn about these endangered
desert animal species: the ocelot, kangaroo rat,
Gila Monster, prairie dog, and peregrine
- More Deserts Websites
- This is a links-site to lots of desert animal
at On the Line
- Here you can learn about the world of the
desert; its plant and animal life and conservation
Geology and Resources (U.S. Geological
- Investigate what is a desert, types of deserts,
causes of aridity, how dunes are formed, and more.
Tortoise Preserve Committee Inc.
- Site promotes the welfare of the desert
tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, in the wild through
the establishment of preserves such as the Desert
Tortoise Natural Area.
Arthropod Studies Institute
- This is the website of an organization devoted
to the study of and the education about arthropods
in the Sonoran Desert.
- Some Desert Trips . . .
- Start at the trailhead and make stops along
your desert trip; just like an auto tour.
- Related Website:
- 2) Deserts Field Trip (Teacher Resources)
of Jedediah Strong Smith: The Crossing of the Great
Salt Lake Desert
- (From the Mountain Men and the Fur Trade
- Read excerpts from this mountain man's diary as
he crossed the Great Salt Lake Desert.
- This site provides photographic tours of
several desert communities.
Desert in Bloom
- Find out about desert wildflowers.
Studies (Grade 3)
- Travel along through the Sonoran Desert.
- Websites For Teachers
Desert Dwellers at Teachers.Net
- In this activity, students learn about the many
adaptations desert animals have made to survive in
their challenging habitat. The students then use
this information to invent new creatures
well-suited for desert life.
and The Southwest United States by Stacy Perri
- This unit lesson plan has twelve desert lesson
Desert Is Theirs by Byrd Baylor (Grade
- This cyberguide outlines a plan for students,
working with partners or small groups, to
investigate the plants, animals and people of the
Adaptations-Water (Grade 4-12)
- Since it is not practical, in most cases, to
take students out in the desert and leave them,
this hands-on activity is the next best thing.
dry stream bed
dry lake bed
Created by Annette
Lamb and Larry
Johnson, Updated by Nancy
Smith, 9/01, 10/03.