Grade 4

Web Field Trip

Hot Hot Hot!

The sun will pound down and the temperature will hit 100 degrees or more, but there's no need to pack sunblock or water for this virtual trip. Just sit back and enjoy the desert scenery and soak up a few facts about some of the hottest spots in the U.S.

After you've visited each site, print and fill out a Web Field Trip Log to show where you've been and what you've learned.

Click here for the Web Field Trip Log.

California Guide - Death Valley National Park
This is a spot with a bad reputation and the names to go with it: here you'll find the Funeral Mountains, Coffin Peak, and Starvation Canyon, to name a few cheerful features! Many pioneers met their deaths at this barren but beautiful park, where summer temperatures can top 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Learn about the park's history, scenery, and courageous wildlife.

Mojave Desert Photos and Maps
Take a grand scenic tour of California's Mojave Desert, featuring dry lakes, sand dunes, ancient relics, ghost towns, and more arid wonders. You'll find links to other heat-friendly national parks as well, including Joshua Tree and Yosemite.

Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum
Focusing on the Sonora Desert in Arizona's Tuscon Mountains, the Desert Museum helps answer burning questions such as "Are cactus spines poisonous?" and "What is valley fever?" and "Is a javelina a pig?" It also explains what, exactly, a desert is. (Surprisingly, the definition doesn't even mention heat!)