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Deserts by Mind Map: Deserts
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Creating Water in the Desert Experiment

Discuss camouflage and create a picture of how a desert animals hides to keep safe.

Social Studies

Create map of the world and label the deserts.

Research what a desert is.

Create a timeline on endangered desert plants and animals.



Measure various desert plants found around the school


Create a graph using the timeline on endangered plants and animals and graph the number of plants that endangered and the number of animals that are endangered.

Reading/ Language Arts

Books that can be read

Mojave by Diane Siebert

The Desert is Theirs by Byrd Baylor

Desert Giant by Barbara Bush

Listen to the Desert by Pat Mora

Cactus by Cynthia Overbeck

Desert Animals by Joanne Gise

Wonders of the Desert by Louis Sabin

The Wild Young Desert by Ann Atwood

Plants of the Desert by Andreu Llamas

Cactus Fox by Julian May

Animals of the Desert by J.L. Cloudsley-Thompson.

Create a list of adjectives that would describe a desert animal or plant. Then create a story using those adjectives.


Children will sequence different types of cactus by size

Creat a vocabulary mathching game and play it with a partner.


Write reviews on the books that they choose to read.

A trip to the desert book.


Create a diaroma of the desert including plants and animals.

Whole class diagram of the desert during the day and night. This is done throughout the unit and things are added as they are learned about.


The children are to act out an animal or plant and the others are to guess what they are.

Play Who am I. The children move around the room trying to figure out what animal they are by getting clues from their classmates.