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Elementary schoolers take a look at how the saguaro cactus adapts to the four seasons of the year. This amazing plant has distinct flowering and fruiting cycles within the summer season, and other cycles during the other seasons. Your young scientists will make a seasons chart that goes up on a bulletin board. They use it throughout the year to identify weather patterns and interesting plant and animal behaviors as the seasons progress. 
Arranged as an interactive lesson, this presentation focuses on the six world biomes. Upcoming biologists click on a specific biome and a slide lists its location, description, native plants, and animals. A quiz provides learners with factors, and they identify the biome. If you do not have computers available for individuals or small groups, this presentation also works as a note-taking and lecture guide.
Students determine location by using longitude and latitude. They measure to the minute longitude and latitude of a place and select a body of land and determine its location. They approximate time zones by using every 15 degrees of longitudinal change to represent 1 hr.
Eighth graders compare their local ecological zone to the tropical rainforest. In this natural ecology lesson, 8th graders complete an activity about the differences in ecological zones. They compare their biome to the Guatemalan rainforest.
Young scholars explain how uneven heating of Earth affects wind and water currents. They describe the limits on current technology in predicting weather and how the Water Cycle is related to local weather.
Students consider the role of climate change in the occurrence of vector born diseases such as malaria. In small groups, they research a specific vector to complete an information chart on climate changes in the region where the vector exists, the impact of the change on its habitat and the potential impact on disease transmission.
Students analyze how clouds form. For this cloud formation lesson, students brainstorm types of clouds and what they think they're made of. Students conduct an experiment to see how clouds form and discuss their observations. Students also explore cloud formation on a website.
Students use satellite data to compare precipitation and surface temperatures on different islands.  In this satellite lesson students create graphs and explain the differences between weather and climate. 
Students make scientific observations. In this stimulus response lesson, students make observations and collect data to determine if cockroaches can learn. A secondary purpose of this lesson is to provide students with the opportunity to carefully observe and work with an insect they normally find offensive.
Students identify and list the common soil types, including those they observed during the activity. Students apply the procedure for mathematically finding the amount of moisture in soil by heating a soil sample. Students explain the method by which they determined the water percentage in each sample. Students list and explain the different soil types concerning the observable moisture-holding ability of each.
In this tree-ring dating learning exercise, students use activity sheets to determine a tree's age and to observe changes in climate from the tree-rings. Students investigate how archaeologists use tree rings to date evidence and they answer 5 questions on a "The Stump " activity sheet and 6 questions on the "Be a Dendrochronologist" activity sheet.
Students explore the weather system by analyzing water properties. For this precipitation lesson, students review weather related vocabulary terms and discuss how rainbows are created by light hitting droplets at the right time. Students conduct a rainbow experiment by utilizing an electric kettle, cotton balls, mirrors and other household objects.
Students examine the tropical rainforest and issues involving the uses of rainforests. They explore the plants and animals that live in each level of the tropical rainforest. Students examine and discuss a case study involving the rights of native inhabitants of the tropical rain forests. They describe sounds they might encounter when visiting a rain forest. Students create a jungle tune.
In this forests worksheet, students read a one page informational excerpt on different forests throughout the world. They then use what they learned to answer the 20 questions on the worksheet. The answers are on the last page of the packet.
In this rainforests worksheet, students read for information and assess comprehension skills. In this true and false, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank worksheet, students answer ten questions.
Fourth graders examine how the geographical and topographical factors result in change of climate from place to place. They research climate in Brazil, and create and share presentations.
In this climate and vegetation worksheet, students complete a chart comparing the U.S. and Canada as they read several passages, then answer three comprehension questions.
Display U.S. and Canadian climate and vegetation through this text-companion worksheet. Learners read about the geography of these regions, take notes, and answer 3 comprehension questions as they read the selection. A graphic organizer is provided for notes, however it seems students may be expected to copy it into a notebook, since it is quite small. Vocabulary words are defined on the side. Intended for use with the McDougal Littell World Geography text.
Students are introduced to the topic of dendrochronology. Using this technique, they practice determining a tree's age and differences in climates in which they are located. They discuss how archaeologists use tree rings to date evidence and examine climate changes.
Ninth graders discuss the differences between climate and weather as a class. Using data they collected, they create a graph of the data to share with the class over a specific time period. They compare and contrast this data with material from the same area over a fifty year span and present their findings to the class.

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