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Stormy Skies    Mystery 3

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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.

Why are some places always hot?

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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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SPECIAL NOTE TO TEACHERS

The next slide features our revised version of the Climate Decoder, which has been improved. Click on the arrow to the right to proceed.

But if you need to, you can still access the previous version of the activity.

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Climate Decoder

In this activity, students work in pairs to color a map and figure out the climates of different locations around the world.

Step 1: Gather supplies

Each student needs:

  • ruler
  • scissors
  • crayons or colored pencils in red, blue, yellow, orange, purple, and brown (these specific colors are needed)

Step 2: 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:

Celsius versions of these same maps are available.

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

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Discuss:

What kind of weather, plants, and animals do you think the orange 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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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the assessment, reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

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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