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Discuss:

What’s the climate like where you live: is it more like where Doug grew up? Or more like where Shelley grew up? Or something else?

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What kind of weather, plants, and animals do you think the yellow and purple zones have? Why do you think that?

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Discuss: These two places have the same temperatures through the year... so why do they look so different?
Do you have any ideas?

Arizona Florida

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Discuss:

  • Which climate zones have you been to?

  • Which ones would you want to visit?

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Extensions

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration which you just completed.

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Readings:

These readings are free with registration on ReadWorks, a nonprofit committed to providing teachers with research-proven, Common-Core-aligned readings. All readings include comprehension questions.

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Travel Poster

Have each student choose and research a climate zone — then draw a travel poster for that climate.

Encourage students to think about what makes each climate special. What plants and animals live there? What sorts of houses do people build there? What clothes would you need to pack? What time of year would you choose to go?

This is an opportunity for creative writing and thinking.

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shoveling snow by Andrea Booher
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Activity
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Overview
Grade 3rd
Topic Weather & Climate
Focus Climate, Geography, & Global Weather Patterns
Print Prep
Activity Prep

In this Mystery, students are introduced to the concept of “climate” and explore the world’s five major climates. In the activity, they produce a world map and spot patterns in order to discover the various climates.

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Step 1: Print worksheets.

For this activity, we have divided a world map into three parts: the Americas, Europe & Africa, and Asia & Australia. Each student will need a map and matching climate list. Divide the class in thirds and have one third do each map:

Each pair of students will need:

To check students’ work, we suggest you consult or print a color copy of the completed climate lists and maps.

Step 2: Gather supplies

Students will need:

  • colored pencils in red, blue, yellow, purple, and brown — every student needs a set
  • scissors — get enough for 1/2 your class (pairs of students can share)
Overview
Grade 3rd
Topic Weather & Climate
Focus Climate, Geography, & Global Weather Patterns
Extensions
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