Deserts cover about one fifth (20 percent) of the earth’s land area. The desert is a harsh environment with very
little rainfall and extreme temperatures. Desert plants (like cacti) are not abundant; neither is animal life. Deserts
are very dry regions with very limited plant and animal life. Some deserts get both very hot (during the day) and
very cold (during the night, when temperatures can drop well below freezing). Some deserts, however, are always
cold (for example, the Gobi Desert in Asia, and the desert on the continent of Antarctica). Different animals live in
the different types of deserts. Animals that live in the desert have adaptations to cope with the lack of water, the
extreme temperatures and the shortage of water. To avoid daytime heat, many desert animals are nocturnal; they
burrow beneath the surface or hide in the shade during the day, emerging at night to eat. Many desert animals do
not have to drink at all; they get all the water they need from their food.
This lesson provides opportunities for students to:
• Learn new visual art vocabulary and use it in the course of the project.
• Generate multiple designs with the use of color and release techniques.
• Use multiple instructions to produce a hands-on project.
• Understand and apply media, techniques, processes.
• Use visual arts in relation to species and their environment.
• Reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
• Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines.
• Understand specific traits that enable reptiles to live in their environments.
Complete Lesson Plan Desert Life (PDF)