Geography KS3 / GCSE: How animals and people adapt to live in the Arabian Desert

A close look at how people plants and animals adapt to live in the Arabian desert.

Ferne Corrigan locates hot deserts around the world describing their location and climatic conditions before investigating the Arabian desert in Dubai.

Focussing on the Arabian desert she looks at adaptations made by bushes and trees that allow them to survive in these extreme conditions.

Ferne explains how the Arabian death scorpion has adapted to survive in the desert and how the fennec fox has adapted to thrive in the arid environment.

The adaptations of the camel demonstrate why they are nicknamed the ship of the desert and Ferne explains how Bedouin people have adapted to live in desert conditions.

This clip is from the series Ecosystems and Biomes.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

This could be used to introduce students to the ecosystem of the desert and how people, plants and animals adapt to the conditions.

Students could be given a list of plants or animals and asked to decide which ones would be best suited to survive in these conditions.

Students could look at the fennec fox, comparing it to other foxes and the adaptations they have made to survive in their particular biomes.

This could be used alongside a study of the tundra biome.

Key Stage 4

This could be used to refresh students knowledge of the desert ecosystem and how people, plants and animals adapt to the conditions.

Students could be given a list of plants or animals and asked to decide which ones would be best suited to survive in these conditions.

Students could look at the fennec fox, comparing it to other foxes and the adaptations they have made to survive in their biomes.

This could be used alongside a study of the tundra biome.

Curriculum Notes

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