Desert Animals-Edwards

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Second grade students read A Walk in the Desert by Caroline Arnold. This is a selection from the expository nonfiction genre. They used the Super 3 Research Model to locate, gather and use information about different animals of the desert to create a slide show.


  • 1. Animals of the Desert Ms. Edwards Class 2009-2010

2. Alan and Bryan Ms. Edwards September/2009 Coyote 3. Diet

  • The coyote eats fish,snakes, and lizards.

4. Predators

  • The coyote predators are wolves,cougar,bear and man.

5. Description

  • The coyote has brown,gray,black,cream and white fur.

6. Cool Facts

  • The coyote is closely related to the wolf.

7. Sources used for this project:


8. Trent and Lizzie Ms. Edwards September 2009 Small Kit Fox 9. Diet

  • The small kit fox eats birds, lizards, fish, jackrabbits.

10. Predators

  • Their predators eagles, man, and coyotes. Their fur changes color with the seasons.

11. Description

  • The small kit fox is 3-5 pounds. It is 30 inches long. It is light brown.

12. Cool Facts

  • Weknow what their front and hind paws look like. They have fur covered toes to keep theirtoes cool.

13. Sources used for this project:


14. Anna and John Ms. Edwards September/2009 Fennec Fox 15. Diet

  • The fennec fox is an omnivore. It eats meats, plants (like fruits and berries) and small animals.

16. Predators

  • Their predators are vultures, hyenas, and jackals. A fennec fox hides in burrows to escape predators.

17. Description

  • The body length is 14-16 inches. It has a sandy coat.

18. Cool Facts

  • The fennec fox is completely independent of the need to drink. It is the smallest fox and it has the largest ears.

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20. Casey and Landon Ms. Edwards September/2009 Kangargoo rat 21. Diet

  • The kangaroo rat eats seed and very little water

22. Predators

  • There predators are rattlesnakes.They protects its self by digging burrows.

23. Description

  • 9 to 16 inches long including the tail. Light brown to white fur.

24. Cool Facts

  • They have big hind feet which keep them from sinking into the sand.

25. Sources used for this project:


26. Roadrunner Catherine and Jazalynn Ms. Edwards September/2009 27. Diet

  • It eats scorpions.

28. Predators

  • It runs fast andhidesin thebrush from coyotes and hawks.

29. Description

  • Itis23 inches long.Ithasbrownfeathers.

30. Cool Facts

  • Itbuilds its nest in a cactus.

31. Websites used for this project:


32. Damian, Bryson and Takia Ms. Edwards September 2009 Jack Rabbit 33. Diet

  • The jack rabbit eats grass, herbs, leaves, bark, and twigs.

34. Predators

  • Their predators are Dogs, Foxes, Raccoons, Weasels, Bobcats, lynxes, Hawks, Eagles, and People. They run very fast.

35. Description

  • The jack rabbits fur is black, white,brownit has bigeyesandverybigears

36. Cool Facts

  • They only live for a year

37. Sources used for this project:


38. Kacen and Noah Ms. Edwards Month/Year GilaMonster 39. Diet

  • It is a carnivore. It eats birds, lizards, frogs, and eggs.

40. Predators

  • Humans getthem for pets. They hideunder rocks or in burrows to protect itself.

41. Description

  • 18 to 22 inches long. It is orange and black. It has bumpy and soft skin.

42. Cool Facts

  • The venom is put in a drug to help diabetes.

43. Sources used for this project:


44. Nick and Chris Ms. Edwards September/2009 Short Horned Lizard 45. Diet

  • The short horned lizard eats ants.

46. Predators

  • The short horned lizards predators are snakes.

47. Description

  • The short horned lizard is 4 inches long. It is tan, reddish, and brown, and it has scales.

48. Cool Facts

  • The short horned lizard squirt blood from its eyes.

49. Sources used for this project:


50. Savion and Rodrigo Ms. Edwards September/2009 Rattlesnake 51. Diet

  • The rattlesnake eats lizards and others small animals.

52. Predators

  • Theirpredators are people and they hide from them by hiding in the sand.

53. Description

  • 3 to 5 feet long. Some are 7 feet long. Scales are yellow to brown to black with black diamond shapes on his back.

54. Cool Facts

  • The rattlesnake can eat something biggerthan he is.

55. Sources used for this project:

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