It can be hard to imagine how any form of life could survive in the extreme temperatures and dryness of a desert environment. Yet even in such places an amazing diversity of plants and animals can still be found. Their behaviours and physical features have adapted so that they can not only survive, but thrive under these conditions.
The Desert survivors unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. It provides an opportunity for students to explore some of the physical and behavioural features of desert plants and animals, and to compare them with plants and animals that live in other environments. They pose questions and develop evidence-based claims supported by their reasoning. Through hands-on activities, students investigate how the features of desert plants and animals help them to survive in their own natural environment.