Lesson Plan

Amazing Adaptations

Photo of Scorpion
Scorpions are part of the diversity of the Mojave Desert

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Grade Level:
Third Grade
Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Wilderness
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
3-LS3-2 - Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
endangered species, Species, adaptations, desert ecosystem, habitat, environment


Lake Mead is an excellent resource for studying animal adaptations in the Mojave Desert. Although most people are well acquainted with the recreation area’s water, that resource only comprises 13% of the recreation area. The other 87% is land based. In its 1.5 million acres, Lake Mead NRA supports more than 900 plant species and approximately 345 animal species which include mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds.


A one-mile nature walk enables students to study the world of animal adaptations in the desert. Students will discover a few of the stories of these amazing adaptations of area animals.


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Last updated: April 26, 2018