Skip to main content

Teacher Resources

Lesson Plans


Animal Adaptations to the Desert – Reptiles
Animal Adaptations to the Desert – Insects
Resource Allocation by Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Roots of Desert Plants
Leaf Transpiration
Leaf Orientation
Plant Adaptation to the Desert


Physical Factors

Soil Characteristics
Abiotic Compontents of a Freshwater System







Aquatic Insect Diversity
Insect Diversity



Plant Defenses
Predation of Seeds by Ants



Plant Competition
Community Development


Resource Acquisition

Attract a Fish Activity
Factors that Attract Hummingbirds
Isopod Behavior


Tutorials and Information

The Inquiry Process
Scientific Method
Basic Statistics
Data Presentation
Ecology Definitions
Basic Field Equipment and Techniques
Desert Patterns



Arboretum at Flagstaff
Arizona Science Center
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
Environmental Education Exchange
Maricopa Audubon Society
Phoenix Zoo
Water Resources Research Center
The Electronic Naturalist
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
Globe Program
Exploring the Environment
National Science Teachers Association
Science a Go Go
Ask a Biologist
The Biology Project
National Wildlife Federation
Planet Diary
Learner Online Exhibits Collection
USGS Education and Outreach
Give Water a Hand
Cornell University’s Composting in Schools
EPA’s Recycle City
The Imagination Factory
Environmental Explorers’ Club
Backyard Nature
Botany Games & Resources for Kids

Contact Information
Dr. Nathan Newman

School for Engineering of
Matter, Transport & Energy
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-6106

Phone: 480. 727.6934
Fax: 480.727.9321