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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Video, 5 minutes, 50 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Digital Text
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus


Climate Zones and Biomes

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  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • 6-8.RST.1 Analyze what science and technical texts say explicitly as well as inferentially; cite several pieces of textual evidence to support the analysis.
      • 6-8.RST.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 6.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: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 7.LS2.4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
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