Our Deserts of the World lesson plan introduces students to several named deserts found throughout the world as an extension of a lower grade lesson which covered the general characteristics of deserts. The information allows students to “travel” to the Sahara, Arabian, Kalahari, Mojave and other deserts of the world. Students will learn their locations and some characteristics of each. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner and use their creativity and creative writing skills to research a desert and then write a 10-day journal pretending to be on a journey through that desert. Students are also asked to match given characteristics to the desert type: Hot, Semiarid, Coastal, or Cold.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define desert, locate major deserts throughout the world, and list their characteristics.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7