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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Ebooks
  • Interactive Media
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 7 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 58 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - West

Dry Climates

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  • In this interactive textbook lesson, students will discover different types of dry climate regions, where they occur on Earth, and learn about the adaptations of plants that can survive in such extreme conditions.
  • Videos, photographs, review questions, and a practice quiz will help students learn about the characteristics of deserts and steppes.

Teaching Tips


  • Students can work at their own pace through this self-guided textbook lesson, interacting with useful videos 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 will need to sign in to use some of the interactive resources.


  • Biology classes could research how climate change is impacting desert biomes.
  • Social studies or history classes could research ancient and current desert and steppe communities.
  • Other resources on this topic include this interactive US drought map, this article on climate migrants, and this media literacy lesson on drought.
Scientist Notes
Students can explore this resource to learn distinct features of a dry climate. The driest climates are found in the deserts, a region with intense evaporation and sensible heat. 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-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • MS-LS4-2 Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.
  • 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.
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
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