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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Videos, 5 minutes, 50 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Ebooks
  • 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.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 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.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-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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