Use political maps and physical maps of Europe to determine climates of regions of Europe.

Warmup A
1. Which type of map would you use to find borders of countries?
2. Which type of map would you use to find the elevations of certain locations?
3. Which type of map would you use to find the names of the capitals of specific nations?
4. Which type of map would you use to see what natural resources can be found in a country?

Warmup B
5. What kind of information would be included in the key of a political map?
6. What kind of information could you find in the legend of a physical map?

Reading Maps
Maps of the world and maps of Europe

http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com/discoweb/disco/do/article?urn=urn%3Asirs%3AUS%3BARTICLE%3BART%3B0000239901

Open political map of Europe and find what is at the given coordinates.

Nations of the world
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=55301


Climate defined
http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/cli_define.html

Specific ecosystems
http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/cli_latitude.html

Each group of students clicks on a different ecosystem and creates a presentation (poster, interview, skit, oral presentation) for the rest of the class.
  • Rainforests
  • Deserts
  • Grasslands
  • Temperate Forests
  • Tundra

Teacher presents
  • Savannah
  • Chaparrel
  • Taiga

As groups present, the “audience” takes notes on a tree map.