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Desert Animal Adaptations Interactive Notebook for Google® Distance Learning

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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The Desert Animal Adaptations Interactive Digital Notebook is designed to support the Next Generation Standards for learning about adaptations in third grade (LS3.A, LS3.B, LS4.C). This Google Slides digital resource with 17 slides provides practice for students to research animal adaptations in the desert biome.


Though many tasks can be done with paper and pencil, doing the same task through Google Apps can present greater opportunities for student learning. Google Slides can embed links to useful videos; Google Slides can enhance understanding with color diagrams, pictures and photographs; animation can also be embedded and use to demonstrate a concept. Most importantly, students are using 21st century learning tools that will prepare them for eventual online standardized testing.


1. Use it as a traditional Interactive Notebook.

2. Use it one slide at a time to compliment a specific lesson on adaptation.

3. Use it as independent work such as classroom work, project work, or even homework.

This Interactive Digital Notebook has been paired with Common Core State Standard for English Language Arts for grades 3 - 5 so that you can integrate it with Language Arts. All student slides are designed to have students research one particular aspect of adaptation (mostly structural adaptations).

Additionally, each slide includes 1 HYPERLINK to a trusted, reliable, kid-friendly free site that the students can use for research and information gathering in conjunction with the print resources you provide. There is also 1 HYPERLINK to a VIDEO to use for research.

Please make sure your district/school/classroom has access to SafeShare or YouTube.


* Slide 1: Cover Page

* Slide 2: Table of Contents

* Slide 3: Researching and Citing Evidence

* Slide 4: Instructions for Students

* Slide 5: What is an adaptation?

* Slide 6: Exploring the Desert Biome

* Slide 7: Adapting to a Desert Biome

* Slide 8: Body Structures in a Desert Biome: Jackrabbit

* Slide 9: Body Structures in a Desert Biome: Roadrunner

* Slide 10: Body Structures in a Desert Biome: Gila Monster

* Slide 11: Body Structures in a Desert Biome: Camel

* Slide 12: Desert Prey/Predator Adaptations

* Slide 13: Desert Adaptations for Defense

* Slide 14: Avoiding Heat and Cold

* Slide 15: Desert Camouflage

* Slide 16: Which animal is better adapted?

* Slide 17: Expository Essay Writing

Step by step student directions for each slide are included in the Speaker Notes at the bottom of each slide (similar to PowerPoint Presenter Notes).

This interactive digital notebook is a great way for students to conduct short research topics while working on both content and ELA standards.

Culminating research includes writing:

* an informative essay: Student picks a desert animal and writes a 3 - 5 paragraph essay on that animal and its adaptations for living in a desert biome.

Some other unique features of this Interactive Digital Notebook

* Table of Contents has links to each slide for easy navigation and return navigation

* HYPERLINKS to websites on the page for easy access

* Video Links use Safeshare.tv for safe viewing from YouTube

* Answer Key included

* Scoring Guide included

* List of Common Core State Standards for ELA pairings by grade level

* Tutorial for the teacher on how to assign the Interactive Digital Notebook in Google Classroom

* Teacher Tips for using Google Slides

* All student instructions are in the SPEAKER NOTES

* PDF file for the teacher of all the slides for reference

* PDF file for the teacher of the slides and SPEAKER NOTES

* There is a PRINTABLE for the student on which to take notes by hand

What are some advantages for going PAPERLESS with a cloud-based, digital resource?

→ with Google Classroom, you can view your students work live from your own computer or device

→ students turn in work digitally for you to grade

→ students can log in at home to complete assignments

→ students utilize 21st-century learning tools

→ students prepare for similar tasks they will encounter with online standardized tests

→ student motivation is high

→ replaces traditional paper/pencil tasks practice pages


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Total Pages
17 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms. Patterns are the similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring and their parents, or among siblings. Emphasis is on organisms other than humans. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms of inheritance and prediction of traits. Assessment is limited to non-human examples.
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. Examples of the environment affecting a trait could include normally tall plants grown with insufficient water are stunted; and, a pet dog that is given too much food and little exercise may become overweight.
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and habitats involved. The organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.


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