A Virtual Museum of the Mojave Desert

About the Mojave Desert

Animals of the Mojave Desert

Plants of the Mojave Desert

People of the Mojave Desert

Weather in the Mojave Desert

Saving California's Deserts


California History-Social Science Standards
Grade 3: 
Students describe the physical and human characteristics of place and use contemporary maps, tables, graphs, photos, and charts to organize information about people, places and environments in a spatial context. Students will identify geographical features found in their local region.
Grade 4:
Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California.

 


 

Classroom Activities

Learn more about deserts by reading The Desert is Theirs by Byrd Baylor. This book is set in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona which is similar to the Mojave of California in many ways. Complete the activities in the SCORE Language Arts CyberGuide at http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/desert/deserttg.html

What differences did you find between the Mojave Desert and the Sonora Desert in Ms Baylor's book? In what ways are the two deserts are alike?

Biomes Report
Do a "Life in California Biomes" report about your region and compare it to California's desert biomes. 
http://tepserver.ucsd.edu/people/chris-halter/CaProject/CaBiomes.html

(This site is only active during the traditional school year.)
 

Desert Alphabet Book 
http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/byrnes-literature/moulton/mlitss.html

Extension

As the population of the world increases, humans must learn to utilize to less friendly environments to supply their needs. They must learn to grow food in areas that were once thought too dry or too wet. You are a scientist who has been asked to find a way to grow food in the desert. Look through the websites in this museum on desert plants. Decide what the characteristics are of plants that survive well in the desert. Then take a familiar food plant and show how it might be changed or bred to live in the desert. Present your idea to the class and take a vote among the students as to whether they would be willing to eat that new food.