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Crash Course


5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Videos, 10 minutes, 55 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus


How Do We Classify Climates?

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  • This video uses potato cultivation to describe different climates around the world. 
  • The video features sections on weather vs. climate, vertical climate zones, geo-literacy, ecological niches, and the Köppen climate classification system. 
Teaching Tips


  • The video ends with an Indigenous land acknowledgement, focusing on the original inhabitants of South America.
  • Excellent animations and graphics make this video easy to understand.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is a great video to show students before discussing climate change.


  • Social studies and history students could watch this video when studying the Age of Exploration or the Columbian Exchange.
  • Science teachers could show this video before starting a group project where students researched different climates around the world.
  • Students could also explore this BiomeViewer or create a biome map.
Scientist Notes
This resource from Crash Course uses the history of potato cultivation to showcase the classification of the different climate zones across the globe. The information provided is accurate and verifiable. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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