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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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  • Articles and Websites

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North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

The Climate of New Jersey

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  • This resource provides a summary of the five distinct climate regions of New Jersey and a corresponding map of their locations.
  • The site includes facts about the state of New Jersey and the climate in each of the zones, including the seasonal temperature fluctuations and average monthly precipitation levels.
Teaching Tips


  • Students researching the climate of New Jersey can locate their specific climate region on the provided digital map.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the difference between weather and climate.
  • Students should understand important vocabulary, including precipitation, annual, easterlies and westerlies. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in social studies classes by having students locate their own county and climate region and then discuss the risks associated with more extreme weather in the future. 
  • Students can use the information in this text to discuss their own observations about the climate in their area. 
  • This resource can be paired with this video about flooding in New Jersey, or this activity that helps students examine the differences between climate and weather.
Scientist Notes

This is a fact sheet on the climatic characteristics of New Jersey. The resource describes the 5 climatic zones in New Jersey as informed by landforms and geology. It is important for students to learn the climatic features to gain insights on weather patterns, atmospheric circulation, and other climatic elements in New Jersey. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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      • 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.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
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      • SS.Geog1.a.h Use printed and digital maps to ask and answer geographic questions (e.g., Where are there patterns? Why there? So what?) and evaluate the appropriateness of geographic data and representations to understand real-world problems. Explain how current geospatial technologies (e.g., Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), satellite images, remote sensing) are used for personal, business, and government purposes.
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