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Desert Facts
Explore different kinds of deserts and where they are found. Check yourself with the quiz.
https://www.dkfindout.com/us/earth/deserts/

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Desert Animals and Plants
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https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/habitats/desert

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Food Web
Can you match the plants and animals with their roles in a desert ecosystem?
http://desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/kids/Games/FoodWebs.html

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Desert Adaptations
Try to match the desert plant or animal with its adaptations.
http://desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/kids/Games/Adaptations.html

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Desert Ecosystem
Gain free access to the Brain POP movie about desert ecosystems through this National Geographic kids site.
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/explorer-magazine/signin/

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World Biomes -- Desert
What is it like to live in a desert? Find out about the weather and the plants and animals that live in one.
http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/desert.html

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Desert Biomes
These facts about deserts include a map showing where the world's deserts are, a discussion of how plants and animals survive there, and a quiz to check your understanding.
https://www.ducksters.com/science/ecosystems/desert_biome.php

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Desert Habitat: Facts
A desert is any area that receives minimal rainfall, less than 12 inches per year, according to one definition. Here is a description of four types of deserts (Hint: Not all of them are hot!)
http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/topics/deserts/facts.cfm

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Sonoran Desert Ecosystem
Learn about the Sonoran Desert. From Geology to Climate, this page has all the information you will need.
https://www.nps.gov/im/sodn/ecosystems.htm

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Desert Ecosystems
Read or listen to this interesting article that covers all aspects of desert life including plants, animals and food chains.
https://sciencestruck.com/desert-ecosystem

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Sonoran Desert Kids
Click here for color pages, fact sheets, games, quizzes and a story about the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. There is even a kid’s gallery that will show you how to build a desert habitat.
http://www.pima.gov/CMO/SDCP/kids.html

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The Desert Biome
Here is some great information that describes characteristics of desert biomes.
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/deserts.html

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The Desert Ecosystem
A desert ecosystem receives little water, yet it sustains a wide variety of plants and animals. Find out what makes a desert, where they exist and the interesting plants and animals they support.
https://www.windows2universe.org/?page=/earth/desert_eco.html

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The Sonoran Desert
Did you know the Sonoran Desert is the hottest North American Desert? It is also one of the most diverse. Click here for more information on this interesting southwest treasure.
https://www.desertusa.com/sonoran-desert.html

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The Mojave Desert
Get a general overview of the Mohave Desert at this page. Topics include boundaries, climate, and topography and plant life.
https://www.desertusa.com/mojave-desert.html

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The Chihuahuan Desert
Did you know the Chihuahuan Desert is the largest desert in North America? It covers more than 200,000 square miles! Click here to learn more about this southwestern desert.
https://www.desertusa.com/chihuahuan-desert.html

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Teacher Resource: Utah Ecosystems
This teacher resource contains 13 lessons investigating the characteristics of a variety of ecosystems. The lessons are complete with printable handouts and assessments.
https://www.uen.org/core/science/sciber/TRB4/V.shtml

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Deserts
Pictures, online games, puzzles, and videos on deserts are available on this page. Fifteen videos covering the Sahara desert, Gobi desert, and desert flora and fauna are linked here.
https://www.neok12.com/Deserts.htm

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Horned Lizard
This video lesson describes this reptile and how it is adapted to life in the desert. The lesson includes a background essay and discussion questions. The video is also available in Spanish. (4:30)
https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/klvx08.sci.klvxlizard/outdoor-nev ...

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Desert Biome
This video lesson focuses on the survival behaviors and habitats of living things in the Sonoran desert. The video is avaiable in English and Spanish and also has closed captions.
https://witf.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.eco.desert/desert ...

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Deert Biomes
Read about the climate, plants and animals of the desert biomes.
http://ete.cet.edu/modules/modules.html

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What is a Desert?
This brief page of information describes some of the characteristics of a desert.
https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/deserts/what/

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The Desert Biome
Click here for information about hot and dry desert, semiarid desert, coastal deserts and cold deserts.
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/biomes/deserts.php

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World Biomes -Desert
This site provides general information about arid and semi arid deserts and coastal and cold desert.
http://www.worldbiomes.com/biomes_desert.htm

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Desert Habitats
Learn about desert formation, types of habitat, location, plants, animals and more.
https://defenders.org/desert/basic-facts

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Desert Theme Unit Planner
Plan a comprehensive unit on the desert with the ideas and downloads from this site. Science experiments, journal prompts, research ideas and word searches are just a few of the things you will find.
https://www.abcteach.com/directory/subjects-science-habitats-biomes-desert- ...

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Desert Ecosystem
This page describes many features of the Joshua Tree National Park desert ecosystem.
http://digital-desert.com/joshua-tree-national-park/ecosystems.html

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What Is a Desert Ecosystem? Use these web pages to discover what plants and animals live in the desert. Look at some pictures and think about (why) how they can live there.

 

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