Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Desert Gems of Biodiversity - Section 2: Engage!


A common misconception that children and adults have is that deserts are all like the Sahara Desert--covered with sand with no vegetation.  Until I visited some deserts in the Southwest, I thought this way, too. Actually only 20% of the land of the deserts are covered with sand.  There is scrubby plant life (see photo of Chihuahuan desert) and beautiful flowers that survive there.  Even though it has been addressed earlier, it is always a great idea to expand on that thinking since this is a common misconception that many people have, especially children.

  Common Misconception About Deserts
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Common Misconception About Deserts
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Desert Gems of Biodiversity

Unit 4: The Wonderful Biodiversity of Life
Lesson 9 of 17

Objective: The SWBAT construct a reason to back up data.

Big Idea: "Gems of Biodiversity" is a great visual tool to help children grasp the idea of biodiversity of the desert. It can also be used to help the children understand relationships and as a springboard for an exercise in reasoning.

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