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By Yvonne Franklin

Deserts could seem like harsh, uninhabitable areas, yet really they help a various volume of plant and animal lifestyles. And, they are not regularly sizzling! Deserts serve a huge position in Earth's life, too. Readers know about cold and warm deserts alike, in addition to semiarid and coastal deserts. From the Horned Lizard to the Saguaro cactus rooted in wealthy soil, the desolate tract biome will amaze readers.

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To do it, write the key terms from the chosen chart on sentence strips and pass them out to individual students. The students now represent those key terms. Then yarn and tape can be used to connect the students. The yarn represents the lines that were connected on the chart. Looking at the classroom chart, what conclusions can you make about the ecosystem? Bonus question: What part do people play in this ecosystem? 29 Glossary amphibian—cold-blooded animal that lives in both water and on land biome—complex community that is characterized by its common plants, animals, and climate coastal desert—desert that runs along the coast of an ocean, and usually has a short winter and long summer cold desert—high-latitude desert often covered in ice or snow desert—area of land characterized by low rainfall ecosystem—geographical area where plants, animals, land, air, and water all interact endangered—in danger of becoming extinct environment—the air, water, minerals, living things, and everything else surrounding an area or organism hot desert—dry, sandy, low-latitude desert mammal—warm-blooded animal that gives birth to live young pollen—the fertilizing part of flowering plants reptile—cold-blooded vertebrate such as a tortoise or snake semiarid desert—desert that is somewhat more wet than other deserts, getting some level of moisture through dew and other sources species—group of living things that share common genetic and behavioral characteristics 30 Index Antarctica, 8–9 latitude, 8–9 aphid, 16–17 major deserts, 6 barrel cactus, 22–23 ostrich, 14–15 bighorn sheep, 18 pickleweed, 20–21 biome, 7 pupfish, 16 camel, 8, 19 quail, 14–15 camel thorn tree, 24–25 queen butterfly, 16–17 chuckwalla, 12–13 rainfall, 4, 9 coastal desert, 9 roadrunner, 14–15 creosote bush, 4–5, 22–23 saguaro cactus, 22–23 desert holly, 20–21 Sahara Desert, 6, 8–9 dust devil, 22 scorpion, 16–17 ecosystem, 6–7 semiarid desert, 9 environment, 10 sidewinder rattlesnake, 12 horned lizard, 13 soil, 4, 21, 25 hummingbird, 14–15 Sonoran desert toad, 17 hyena, 18 tarantula, 16–17 Kalahari Desert, 6, 24 temperature, 9 kangaroo rat, 18 wildflowers, 10, 20–21 lappet-faced vulture, 14 windmill, 10–11 31 Scientists Then and Now Rachel Carson (1907–1964) Mary L.

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The living things depend on everything around them to survive. Do the lab activity on this page to learn more about ecosystems. Copy the chart from this page onto your paper. Be sure to draw the chart on a large sheet of paper. It should be much larger than what you see here. Write the name of the ecosystem at the top of the chart. In each circle, write the name of something that belongs to that group that lives in the ecosystem. Draw lines from each item, connecting it to every other item that it needs or uses or that needs or uses it.

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