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Author

CK-12

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Videos, 5 minutes, 50 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Ebooks
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global

Climate Zones and Biomes

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Synopsis
  • In this interactive textbook lesson, students will read about climate zones and microclimates, examine climate zones on a world map, and watch a video that explains the locations and causes of extreme climate regions.


Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The text is student-friendly and divided into brief sections.
  • Students may highlight and annotate the text.
  • Illustrations and a map accompany the text.
  • The resource includes comprehension questions in the text and the video.
  • Students can take a practice quiz and receive immediate feedback.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be helpful to preview vocabulary terms such as latitude and longitude.
  • Teachers may want to show students how to use the highlighting and annotating features.
  • Students must sign in to use some of the interactive features.

Differentiation

  • Students could work on this activity individually or in small groups.
  • The interactive textbook could be used as a review or assessment practice.

Scientist Notes
Even with similar altitudes and latitudes, the climate conditions of a place can vary between 0-100km. This is determined by the topography, soil composition, rocks, vegetation cover, temperature differences, etc. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.8.1 Cite textual evidence that strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences. (RI&RL)
      • R.8.2 Summarize texts, from a variety of genres, to determine one or more themes or central ideas and analyze their development over the course of the text. (RI&RL)
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