- Name four animals that live in the desert.
- Give an example of a way in which an animal has adapted to live in a hot,
- Where are sand gazelles found?
- What is a mitochondrion? What is its function?
- How does a decrease in the size of a sand gazelle’s liver help it conserve
- What do kangaroo rats eat?
- How do extra-long kidney tubes allow kangaroo rats to conserve water?
- How does a sand grouse bring water to its young?
- Pick a desert-dwelling animal not mentioned in the article. In what ways has
this animal adapted to survive in the desert? See www.idahoptv.org/dialogue4kids/season3/desert/animals.html
- Do you think being a small animal would be beneficial for desert survival?
- Life on Earth can’t exist without water. Is there anything else that life
must have to survive?
- Pick an animal that lives in a habitat other than the desert. Describe any
special ways in which it has adapted to its environment.
- How long could a person without any food or water survive in the desert? How
might such a person get some water? What sorts of supplies do people need to
survive in the desert? See www.desertusa.com/mag99/mar/stories/desertsur.html
Pick two deserts, each one in a different part of the world. Compare the deserts. Note where they are located, how large they are, what special features they have, what sorts of animals and plants live there, and how much rainfall they get. See www.livingdesert.org/deserts/world_deserts.asp (Living Desert)
or www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0778851.html(Fact Monster).
- Suppose that you were trekking across the desert. Write a journal entry
describing what you might see and do on one day during your trip.
- Jean Craighead George has written many books for young children about life
in different kinds of environments. Go to the library and select one of her
books about life in certain environment (for example, Everglades or
One Day in the Desert). Write a brief review describing how George
makes the book appealing and understandable to young readers. You can find a
list of her books at www.jeancraigheadgeorge.com/books.html (Jean Craighead
A camel must travel 1000 miles across a desert to the nearest city. She has 3000 bananas but can carry only 1000 at a time. For every mile she walks, she needs to eat a banana. What’s the maximum number of bananas she can transport to the city?