Digging Deeper: Learning about Animal Adaptations in the Mojave Desert

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About this Lesson

In this lesson, third grade students revisit a grade-level, informational anchor text about the Mojave Desert. Students frame their thinking with an essential question: “How do animals adapt to challenges in their habitat?”. While rereading, students follow along as the teacher reads, reread with a partner, or reread independently. Throughout the lesson students answer text-dependent questions about animal adaptations in small groups and whole class. Finally, students complete a graphic organizer and write a paragraph comparing two animals from the Mojave Desert. The anchor text used in this lesson is “Amazing Wildlife” of the Mojave by Laurence Pringle and is included in the Literature Anthology of the Wonders curriculum used by this teacher. It is included as a Literature Big Book in the Wonders curriculum used by this teacher. For more specific information about adapting the Wonders program, please visit the Wonders Materials Adaptation Project.

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