Session One – Climate Zones
World Climate Zones
Have you ever wondered why one area of the world is a desert, another a grassland, and another a rainforest? Why are there different forests and deserts, and why are there different types of life in each area? The answer is climate.
Climate is the characteristic condition of the atmosphere near the earth’s surface at a certain place on earth. It is the long-term weather of that area (at least 30 years). This includes the region’s general pattern of weather conditions, seasons and weather extremes like hurricanes, droughts, or rainy periods. Two of the most important factors determining an area’s climate are air temperature and precipitation.
There are three MAIN climate types:
Use this information for the task in Activity One.
Session Two – Biomes
World biomes are controlled by climate. The climate of a region will determine what plants will grow there, and what animals will inhabit it. All three components, climate, plants and animals are interwoven to create the fabric of a biome.
Each climate has several biomes (these are the main ones).
Create a poster board of one of the biomes above. It can be created in any way you wish. It must contain:
Wrap Up – Quiz
Biomes & Climates Quiz
Let's test your knowledge of climates and biomes with this quick quiz.