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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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North America, United States, USA - West, USA - South, Europe, California, Washington

Temperate Climates

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  • In this interactive textbook lesson, students discover characteristics of three different types of temperate climates, Mediterranean climates, marine west coast climates, and humid subtropical climates. 
  • The text compares the latitude, temperature, precipitation, location, and vegetation differences between the three types of temperate climates.

Teaching Tips


  • Students can work at their own pace through this self-guided textbook lesson, interacting with useful images and questions throughout.
  • Figures and graphics are included to illustrate the text.
  • Students can check their understanding by taking an interactive quiz at the end of the lesson.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concept of regions of the Earth having climate conditions different from what they experience.
  • Students must sign in to use some interactive resources.


  • A graphic organizer may help students visualize the similarities and differences between different types of temperate climates.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies and history classes when discussing where people have settled throughout our history and how temperate climates enabled human civilizations to thrive.
  • Other resources related to this topic include this lesson plan on the Anthropocene and this video on weather and climate.
Scientist Notes
The resource explores Temperate climate and its features. There is no contradiction in the classification and this resource is recommended.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-6 Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.5.6-8 Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
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