Discussed how to analyze a text, using the in-text questions in the story, for the purposes of finding out the plot, setting and characters in order to determine the theme of the story.



Reviewed what was learned in 2.3. Began 2.4.

Learning Target: “I can identify and use various types of thematic maps.”

Student Talk: What is a climate zone? How does location affect climate?

Read Section 2.4

  • Identify vocabulary: climate zones, precipitation, climagraph
    • Define them as they are described in the reading, provide an illustration, list characteristics of the words and words related and NOT related (opposites) to the vocabulary word.
    • Reflect: What does this word have to do with understanding thematic maps.
  • What factors make up the climate in a climate zone?
    • Use the graphic to identify the climate of the marine west coast in October.
  • How does latitude and elevation affect climate?
    • Use the map to explain how latitude affects the climate of Australia.

Reflection: “I am meeting the learning target because I did _______________________.”


We are analyzing and synthesizing the information collected from part two (graphic organizer). We are doing this by completing the following group project:

LEARNING TARGET: “I can explain how environmental factors make up the characteristics of Washington state’s 7 geographical regions.”

“The natural environments of Washington state create seven distinct geographic regions. Each region is the result of an interrelationship between location, physical features, landforms, climate, soils, vegetation, and wildlife. The interaction of these factors gives each region its individual character.”

How do the factors of the natural environment combine to give each region a character? Imagine the geographical regions are people. Use the information collected in your graphic organizers to create a character profile of each region’s “personality”. To do this, please complete the following:

  • Where does the region live? (location)
  • What places does the region like to see and visit? (physical features/landforms)
  • What kind of weather does the region enjoy? (climate)
  • What kind of earth does the region live on? (soil)
  • What kind of garden does the region like to grow? (vegetation)
  • What kind of animals does the region like to raise? (wildlife)
  • Review the answers to these questions and use them to write a paragraph that describes the “personality” of this region.

Reflection: “I better understand how environmental factors make up the characteristics of Washington state’s geographical regions because I can ___________________. ”


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