Climates Science Games
In this series of games, your students will learn about climate and how it describes a range of an area’s typical weather conditions and the extent to which those conditions vary over years. Climates learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.
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Weather is defined as the conditions of the atmosphere at a particular place and time. Some measures of weather include temperature, precipitation, and wind direction. Climate describes the typical weather conditions in an area over a long period of time. The climate in a region can change over the course of years to centuries, depending on natural factors and human activities.
Climate zones are determined by the latitude of the region. Climate types are determined by the geography of a region, such as proximity to mountains and oceans. Major climate types are classified according to average temperature and precipitation. Tropical climate zones are typically located near the equator. Polar climate zones are located closer to Earth’s North and South Poles. Continental climate types are found inland, away from oceans. Coastal climate types are found along ocean coastlines.
Dry climates receive very little precipitation while wet climates receive more precipitation. In polar climate zones, temperatures are cold all year and tend to be dry. In tropical climate zones, weather is typically hot all year long and can be wet or dry. Continental climates typically have a large range in temperature between summer and winter. Coastal climates typically have year-round precipitation and a narrow range in temperature between summer and winter.
A preview of each game in the learning objective is found below.
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