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Ecology of Desert Environments

Ecology of Desert Environments

Author: Joseph Engel

Next Gen. Science Standards for California Public Schools Grade 3

3-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

   3-LS3-2: Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.

      LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits: Other characteristics result from individuals’  interactions with the environment, which can range from diet to learning. Many characteristics involve both inheritance and environment.


Students will: 

Understand and be able to use basic definitions related to desert ecology.

Learn which animals and plants live in desert environments and how the desert environment along with inheritance give them their characteristics.

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The slideshow below will teach you definitions related to desert environments. It will also introduce you to the characteristics of the desert and the organisms that live in these harsh environments.

Source: Mr.Engel's Powerpoint Document

Desert Animals and Plants Video

Source: Youtube

How Animals and Plants Live in the Harsh Desert Environment

Source: Youtube

The Big Question (Go to this website and answer the question using what you have learned from the resources here)

Source: Polleverywhere