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ELA Grade 2
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Desert Animals


In the first activity, Switch Zoo, students explore the desert habitat on the web. The interactive website allows students to click on various elements within the desert. The site then provides information and a rationale as to whether or not that element or animal fits into the desert habitat. The next resource, "Alejandro’s Gift," is an uplifting story about one man’s gift to the desert and the gift he receives in return that has a powerful environmental lesson. The next two resources focus student learning specifically on desert animals. Students continue exploring specific desert animals through various forms of text. The video, article, websites and following texts allow students to engage in knowledge development around a variety of desert animals. The expert pack culminates with, "A Walk In the Desert," a book that describes the climate, soil, plants and animals of the North American deserts, linking the knowledge back closer to home.


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