The climate in the West region varies due to its immense size and changes in elevation. Northern parts of the region, such as Washington and Oregon, have a mild climate and a lot of rainfall. On the other hand, Colorado and Wyoming are colder and get a lot of snow due to the high elevation and abundance of mountains. For this activity, students will create a 3 cell spider map that illustrates varying climate and weather of the West. Spider maps are an excellent tool to help students organize facts in a systematic and visual manner. To differentiate, teachers could encourage students to complete more than 3 cells.
Objective: Create a 3 cell storyboard explaining the climate of the West.
- Click “Start Assignment”.
- Write a heading for each aspect of the climate you've selected.
- Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
- Write a short summary of each heading in the space below the illustration.
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Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Common Core Standards
[ELA-Literacy/W/4/7] Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
[ELA-Literacy/RI/4/4] Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
[ELA-Literacy/RI/4/7] Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
[ELA-Literacy/RI/4/10] By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
[ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
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