World Climate Zones in 3rd Grade

World Climate Zones Research in 3rd Grade

One of the units we study in 3rd grade science deals with the climate zones around the globe.  We started learning about the by using the Mystery Science lesson on the very subject.  It is SUCH a great lesson because it takes the kids step by step through the process of completing a world map showing the different zones around the world.  It also taught them all about how location on the globe has a huge effect on the weather and climate.  After we were done with that lesson, which took a few days and was well worth it, I felt like the kids needed just a bit more work with the zones.  So we set about researching them. 

Now, depending upon where you do your research, there are anywhere from 3 to 11 different zones :)  That is just too many to tackle, so when we were discussing them, we focused on the following: polar, temperate, tropical, desert, and Mediterranean .   I found this resource from What I Have Learned to be very, very helpful.   The kids read the informational article on the 5 main zones, underlined the key information, and then did the sort.  This was really straightforward and, honestly, perfect for my purposes. 

Research organizer to help the students learn bout the climate zones

Next, I gave the students this zone research organizer.  Using the informational article from the sort, different websites, and our science book, the students researched the zones and filled in the organizer.  I found these sites to be particularly helpful for my 3rd graders.

Google Slides to research the various climate zones

Finally, the kids then transferred the researched information onto these World Climate Zone Flip Book slides.  The slides were a pretty way to present the research they did.  The kids loved inserting pictures and finding enough information to fill in the space.  What is even better is how they turned out!  They are just gorgeous to look at!

World Climate Zones google slides template to help 3rd graders research the zones

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