Desert Ecosystems, Animals, and Cultures
Help students locate information on deserts through lesson plans, books, articles, and activities.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Students get an up-close look at geckos, boas, vipers, and more “squamates” with these exciting online learning activities.
Extension activities for Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus, by Barbara Bash.
For once, Arnold is prepared for a field trip! He's wearing desert survival gear. But the class discovers that desert animals have built-in ways of surviving.
Children will create murals depicting animal habitats to encourage the development of science, geography, creative-thinking, and social skills.
Articles and News
Grolier Online defines the term biome and points out the characteristics that distinguish one biome from another.
Discusses climates and climatology including climate classification, climatic change, microclimates, and the effects of climate on economic activity.
Explains that a habitat is the home of a particular species and goes on to describe marine and terrestrial habitats.
This encyclopedia article looks at the geography of the Middle East including the different regions from mountains to deserts and including the climate, water resources, and important cities.
The following article provides an overview of the different cultures, religions and languages that coexist in the Middle East.
Learn about the history of the Middle East, the region where Europe, Africa, and Asia meet.
The following article provides an overview of the different cultures, religions and languages that coexist in the Middle East
Go deeper with Grolier Online. Find fast facts and detailed background information on Egypt, America's longtime ally in the Middle East.
A profile of the Islamic Republic of Iran, from Grolier's The New Book of Knowledge.
Modern Egypt is the world's most populous Arab country and the second most populous nation in Africa.
Features fast facts about Afghanistan including its poplation, major languages, religion, climate, chief products, and more.
From Grolier Online, this encyclopedia article explores the history, language, ancestry, food, sports, and holidays of the Mexican people.