Deserts of Arizona

In this activity, students will read about the four deserts found in Arizona and complete a word search.

By completing this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Obtain and evaluate information from a nonfiction text about deserts.
  • Identify adaptations that animals need to survive in different deserts.
  • Complete a word search using new knowledge gained from reading.

More About this Lesson Plan

Wild Kids is a collection of simple activities that can be used to introduce students to different wildlife and life science concepts. Each activity includes a two page printable student worksheet and a page of teacher instructions. They have been aligned to the Arizona academic science standards and can be used to promote three dimensional teaching.

In this activity, students will read an article about the four deserts found in North America and Arizona. Then, they will complete a word search puzzle to assess their understanding of the reading. Finally, with the teacher as a guide, they will discuss adaptations that are necessary for animals to live in the different deserts and what might happen to species moved from one desert to another.


  • Eric Proctor, Wildlife Education Coordinator,
    Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
  • Other AZGFD staff

Standards Correlation

This lesson has been correlated to the following Arizona Department of Education academic standards:

  • 5th Grade

    1. 5.L3U1.10

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