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Step 1. Questions
Have you ever visited a desert? If yes, what was it like? In this e-Journal project, you will research deserts, then share your feelings about deserts by writing a six-line poem. Each line of the poem will begin with the letters D, E, S, E, R, T, and S. The left edge of the poem will spell the word “DESERTS.”
As you research information on each desert answer these questions:
Who lives there?
What animals live there?
What plants grow there?
What is the climate?
Write what you learn about deserts in the note-taking boxes. Then write the six-line poem. In conclusion, estimate the number of words you used in the poem.
Step 2. Research
Research answers for the questions you were asked in Step 1. Visit these Web sites. Take notes about them on this page, too!
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Biomes of the World: Deserts
This great Web site will answer all of your questions about life in the desert! Click on the photos on the front page. Or, click the links on the left side of the screen to explore a topic of your choice.
Oxfam’s Cool Planet: The Sahara
The Sahara is the world’s largest desert. It spans much of northern Africa, more than one third of the entire continent. Learn all about the Sahara at this Web site.
Brain Pop: Desert
Tim and Moby are your cartoon hosts at Brain Pop! Watch and listen as they discuss deserts and how they can form. NOTE: You will need Shockwave, a free plug-in, to watch the cartoon.
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