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People and Climate

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


  • Encourage students to ask questions and think of variations to the experiment.
  • The global distribution of plants and animals is determined largely by climate. Have students research the principal plant and animal communities in their assigned climate zones and regions.
  • Have each group create a “torn paper art” picture on a large sheet of paper or poster board, depicting people and homes in their assigned their climate zones. To create torn paper art, students should use only pieces of construction paper, torn to any size and pasted onto a background. Instead of using torn paper art, students could be allowed to choose their own medium.
  • Have each group select a city, anywhere in the world, and identify where that city would fall on the “Global Climate Map.” Groups then should research the climate for that city and the lifestyles of people who live there.
  • Ask students, How would people have to change their lifestyles if the predictions of global warming are accurate? Follow by asking, Would something that affects Earth’s atmosphere impact the entire world, or only certain regions?

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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