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?
What kind of weather, plants, and animals do you think the orange and purple zones have? Why do you think that?
Discuss: These two places have the same temperatures throughout the year... so why do they look so different?
Do you have any ideas?
(1) Which climate zones have you been to?
(2) Which ones would you want to visit?
Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration which you just completed.
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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.