There are lots of different desert animals to learn about. I am not sure where to start. Here is a website that has information about desert animals.
Meercats are fun to watch. There is even a show about them.
This site has a cute meercat craft. http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/meerkat-crafts-for%20kids.html
-Measure the temperature above ground. Then dig a hole in the ground and take a temperature below ground. (not an activity to be done in the dead of winter) Ask students what the differences were between the temperatures. What other purpose is there for digging a hole to live in? Why not live in a tree?
-What adaptations do the Meercats have to help them live in a harsh environment? Some examples are frequent litters of pups, the can eat scorpions because they are immune to their venom, live in large family groups, use communication to alert danger.
-How are hyenas like dogs? How are they different?
-What relationship do hyenas have with lions?
-Are hyenas predators or scavengers?
Texas horned lizard
-What class is this animal in? Mammal, reptile or amphibian?
-Why does this animal have horns on it?
Lappet faced vulture
-Is this animal a predator or scavenger?
-Why is the birds beak shaped like it is?
-Where in the desert does this bird live?
-How has this fox adapted to live in a hot environment? Why does it have such big ears?
Experiment that demonstrates how ears keep animal cool.
-make a list of what students know about camels. Read about camels on various sites and see what is true and what is false. (for example the hump is not made of water)
-How does this animal resemble other animals the students are familiar with?
-Is this animal closer to the size of a mountain lion or a house cat? Why do you think it is this size?
-Have students make a desert scene showing where animals live in the desert. Have them sh0w some animals that make burrows underground, in a cactus and under rocks. What colors do you see in a desert? Why are desert animals this color?
-On a world map mark where some of these animals are found.
I like the vocabulary cards on this site
Sort desert animals by class, location, color, size, diet…..
Another good site with information about desert animals.