I hope you're wearing either sunscreen or a winter coat and brought plenty of water with you, because we're about to begin an adventure in the desert! I'll bet you're thinking that a desert is hot with lots of sand, but did you know that it can even snow in some deserts? In this adventure you'll be learning more interesting facts about deserts and especially about the animals that live there. You will be tracking a desert animal on your journey and following its path. What does it do to survive in the environment of the desert? But be careful! Some of these animals can be dangerous... And most important, remember to HAVE FUN!

TASK:


After a day of following in the footsteps (or tracks) of your animal, you will be able to present the information to the other desert researchers in our class (thats everybody) and give them hints on the best ways to survive according to your animal. Remember to tell us why your adaptations are important.

PROCESS:


1. You and your partner will choose a desert animal from the first site (Desert Animals) that you will be tracking throughout this journey. (You may choose only one animal)

2. As you search through the given websites following the path of your animal you will need to find answers to the following questions: (Hint: YOU WILL BE TURNING YOUR PAPER IN)

About the desert:
-What are two types of deserts?
-What are the four desert regions of the U.S.?
-What are some dangers of the desert?
Desert Ecosystems
Exploring Deserts

About the animal:
-Where can you find this animal?
-What does your animal look like? Could you draw a picture of it?
-What class does it belong to?
-Is it nocturnal or diurnal (are they active at night or during the day)?
-What does it eat?
Any other interesting facts about the animal.
Desert Animals
More Desert Animals

3. Present your information to the class.

4. Listen attentively while others are presenting.

All Websites:


Desert Animals
Desert USA: Desert Animals and Wildlife
More Desert Animals
Exploring Deserts
Desert Ecosystems

EVALUATION:


You will be graded on the following:



CATEGORY4321
Scientific KnowledgeExplanations by all group members indicate a clear and accurate understanding of scientific information presented.Explanations by all group members indicate a relatively accurate understanding of scientific information presented.Explanations by most group members indicate relatively accurate understanding of scientific information presented.Explanations by several members of the group do not illustrate much understanding of scientific information presented.
Construction - Care TakenGreat care taken in construction process so that the structure is neat, attractive and follows plans accurately.Constuction was careful and accurate for the most part, but 1-2 details could have been refined for a more attractive product.Construction accurately followed the plans, but 3-4 details could have been refined for a more attractive product.Construction appears careless or haphazard. Many details need refinement for a strong or attractive product.
ParticipationEvery member of the group actively participated in the project as a whole.Every member of the group somewhat participated in the project as a whole.One member of the group actively participated in the project as a whole.One member of the group somewhat participated in the project as a whole.

CONCLUSION:


Well researchers, you made it through the desert! Here at the end of your trek you should be familiar with your animal as well as many others. You should also have learned new facts about the desert you did not know before. There is always something to learn on a desert journey!