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Teacher's Note

This site is a wonderful resource that focuses on the snakes and lizards of the Sonoran Desert. The lesson plans and activities that are found on this site are structured in such a way that students of all capabilities and learning styles will benefit from its use. Each reptile has its own page which includes information regarding how it looks, what it eats, its habitat, and how it reproduces. It also contains an assessment to test students’ knowledge and a fun, age-appropriate activity.

This is an interactive site and the Xtranormal video is an engaging beginning to each reptile’s section. The sections were written by various educators so there should be a multitude of different lesson plan (including direct and inquiry based) and activity styles for the teacher to choose from. Please be mindful that this site is a way for the students to direct their own learning with limited supervision from the teacher. Encourage the students to explore, inquire, and have fun. After all, if learning is fun students will be more enthusiastic about the process of gaining knowledge and understanding. Don’t forget, teachers are certainly allowed to have fun right along with their students. I hope you find this site to be a useful addition to your classroom curriculum. I loved being a part of its creation. Enjoy!
Please take a moment and review these content pages: Desert Iguana, Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake