Lesson Plan

Who Lives Here?

Baby tortoise crawls out from burrow under rock
Baby Tortoise emerging from burrow.

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Grade Level:
First Grade
Biology: Animals, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology
Group Size:
Up to 24
desert, animals, burrow, wildlife


One of the most commonly seen animal homes in the Mojave Desert is a burrow. Animals that make their homes in burrows include ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, tortoises, tarantulas, burrowing owls, cottontail rabbits, and badgers just to name a few.

Jackrabbits do not burrow underground, but dig depressions under desert shrubs. Students will identify three animal homes.

Students will identify at least three needs of animals- food, water, shelter and space.


A trip to Lake Mead Alan Bible Visitor Center introduces students to animal life in the Mojave Desert. Experience interactive exhibits and explore the area around the visitor center for evidence of wildlife.


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Last updated: February 6, 2018