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People and Climate

Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Climate Differences

Begin the activity by asking the class questions like, Have you ever wondered why some parts of the world get more snow, rain or sun than others? Which part of Earth is coldest? Which part is hottest? and Why is Antarctica cold and the Sahara Desert hot?

Lead students in a discussion about the climate in different parts of the world. Be sure to emphasize the importance of the sun as a source of heat and other energy. Follow the discussion by asking, Do you think climate depends on how much sunlight a region receives? Explain to students that because Earth is tilted, some areas receive more direct sunlight than others.


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

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