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Desert Animals-Hill

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Second grade students read “A Walk in the Desert” by Caroline Arnold. This is a selection from the expository nonfiction genre. They used the Super 3 Research Model to locate, gather and use …

Second grade students read “A Walk in the Desert” by Caroline Arnold. This is a selection from the expository nonfiction genre. They used the Super 3 Research Model to locate, gather and use information about different animals of the desert to create a slide show.

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  • 1. Animals of the Desert Ms. Hill’s Class 2009-2010
  • 2. Aliek and Cesar Ms. Hill September 2009 Short-horned Lizard
  • 3. Diet
    • He eats ants.
  • 4. Predators
    • His predators are snakes. He protects himself from snakes by running away or playing dead.
  • 5. Description
    • He is 4 inches long. He’s tan and reddish brown.
  • 6. Cool Facts
    • He shoots blood out of his eyes when somebody bothers him.
  • 7. Sources used for this project:
    • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
    • http://www.desertmuseum.org/books/nhsd_horned_lizard.php
    • http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/enlarge/short-Horned-lizard_image.html
    • http://www.the-lizard-lounge.com/content/gallery/lizard-pictures/short-horned-lizard-01.asp#
    • http://repticzone.com/photogallery/viewphoto.php/30325/Horned%20Lizards/Lizards/
    • http://kids.yahoo.com/animals/reptiles/4499--Greater+Short-horned+Lizard
  • 8. Luke and Will Ms. Hill September 2009 Desert Tortoise
  • 9. Diet
    • Tortoises eat Grass and herbs and plants.
  • 10. Predators
    • It’s predators are coyotes.
  • 11. Description
    • It’s shell grows to 9 to 15 inches.
  • 12. Cool Facts
    • If it is cold it has boy babies. If it is warm it has girl babies.
  • 13. Sources used for this project:
    • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
    • http://www.desertusa.com/june96/du_tort.html
  • 14. Christian and Joel Ms. Hill September 2009 Bandicoot
  • 15. Diet
    • The bandicoot eats lizards, mice, worms, snails, fruit, seeds, and some plants.
  • 16. Predators
    • The bandicoot’s predators are foxes and wild cats. They hide in burrow’s.
  • 17. Description
    • The bandicoot’s range from 11-32 inches. They have powerful clawed hind legs.
  • 18. Cool Facts
    • The bandicoot has a pouch.
  • 19. Sources used for this project:
    • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
    • http://users.picknowl.com.au/~dld/Bandicoot%20Pictures.html
  • 20. Dakota and Filipo Hill September ROAD RUNNER
  • 21. Diet
    • It eats snakes, lizards, and spiders.
  • 22. Predators
    • Hawks and coyotes are its enemies. It also patches of brush for hiding.
  • 23. Description
    • It has brown, black and blue feathers.
  • 24. Cool Facts
    • The female lays 3 to 8 white eggs. The tail is long and narrow it helps the roadrunner with balance.
  • 25. Sources used for this project:
    • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
    • http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/pictures/Geococcyx_californianus.html
  • 26. Joshua and Andy Ms. Hill September 2009 Coyote
  • 27. Diet
    • Coyotes eat rodents and dead animals. They find grains and fruits, fish, snakes, and lizards.
  • 28. Predators
    • The predators of coyotes are wolves, cougars, and bears. They have good eye sight to see and they can run fast to protect them.
  • 29. Description
    • Adult coyotes weigh from 20 to 50 pounds. Their color is gray, cream or black fur.
  • 30. Cool Facts
    • The parents regurgitate to feed pups.
  • 31. Sources used for this project:
    • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
    http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/coyote.htm# http://www.phoenixzoo.org/learn/animals/animal_detail.aspx?FACT_SHEET_ID=100010
  • 32. Meredith and Karla Ms. Hill September 2009 Fennec Fox
  • 33. Diet
    • The Fennec Fox likes to eat small animals.
  • 34. Predators
    • The Fennec Fox likes to hide in burrows. The predators are vultures.
  • 35. Description
    • The Fennec Fox is 14 to 17 inches long. The Fennec Fox has brown fur.
  • 36. Cool Facts
    • The Fennec fox doesn’t have to drink a lot. The Fennec fox is the smallest fox of all.
  • 37. Sources used for this project:
    • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
    • http://www.phoenixzoo.org/learn/animals/animal_detail.aspx?FACT_SHEET_ID=100013
  • 38. Mackenzie, Emmalee, Alexa Ms. Hill September 2009 Gila Monster
  • 39. Diet
    • The Gila Monster eats rats and mice.
  • 40. Predators
    • The Gila Monster’s predators are humans and other animals. They protect themselves with their hard backs.
  • 41. Description
    • The Gila Monster is a lizard that grows 18 to 22.5 inches long.
  • 42. Cool Facts
    • The Gila monster doesn’t eat much. They store most of it in their fat tail.
  • 43. Sources used for this project:
    • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
    http://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/Gila%20Monster.php http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/reptiles/lizard/Gilamonster.shtml
  • 44. Makayla and Shamya Ms. Hill September 2009 Kangaroo Rat
  • 45. Diet
    • Kangaroo rats eat mostly seeds .
  • 46. Predators Rattlesnakes eat kangaroo rats. They go under the sand to hide to protect themselves.
  • 47. Description
    • A kangaroo rat is 9 to 16 inches long. The color of their fur is light brown.
  • 48. Cool Facts
    • Kangaroo rats have pouches on the sides of their faces.
  • 49. Sources used for this project:
    • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
  • 50. Tamia and Michael Ms. Hill September 2009 Small Kit Fox
  • 51. Diet
    • The small kit fox eats fish, small birds, lizards, and jackrabbits.
  • 52. Predators
    • The predators of the small kit fox are eagles, coyotes and man. It barks and growls to scare the predators away.
  • 53. Description
    • It has large ears and light colored fur. The tail is tipped with black.
  • 54. Cool Facts
    • The baby is on its own at four months old.
  • 55. Sources used for this project:
    • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
    http://www.arkive.org/kit-fox/vulpes-macrotis/image-G17858.html