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Food For Life

Clump of flowers bloom on rocky outwash area of red rock
Food for desert animals

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade
Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Environment, Wilderness
National/State Standards:
5-LS2-1 – Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers and the environment.
food, food chain, animals, desert ecosystem


Although at first glance the desert may seem to have little in the way of wildlife, it actually contains large, diverse populations. The variety of plant and animal species create an important niche in the desert ecosystem. In the Mojave Desert plants and animals interact in many different ways; animals help plants with pollination and seed dispersal, plants provide animals with food, water and shelter.


A quarter-mile nature walk combined with directed science exploration allows students a chance to experience the Mojave Desert as one great big giant food bowl.


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Last updated: March 1, 2018