Identifying Biomes

4th - 6th

In this biomes learning exercise, students will use an atlas to find the location of 12 cities listed on a graph onto their world map. Then students will use the cities' annual precipitation to figure out what biomes that city is found.

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McGrawHill Glencoe

Introduction to the World Map

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