Informational (nonfiction), 1,226 words, Level T (Grade 3), Lexile 1000L
asks readers to think about what they already know about deserts and adds surprising new facts about three of the most unique deserts in the world: the Sahara, the Gobi, and the Atacama. The book explains that some deserts are home to expert horse herders, lakes of salt, underground oceans of oil, and ancient civilizations. It also describes different animals and plants that can be found in these inhospitable climates and explains how they survive. Photographs and captions support the text.
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Teach the Objectives
Use the reading strategy of asking and answering questions to understand text
Compare and Contrast : Identify details to compare and contrast different deserts
Grammar and Mechanics
Compound Adjectives : Identify and use hyphenated compound adjectives
Suffixes : Identify the meaning of and use the suffix -est
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class