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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Ebooks
  • Interactive Media
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 41 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus


Tropical Moist Climates

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  • In this interactive textbook lesson, students will discover that tropical climates are located near the equator and often experience high levels of rainfall.
  • Students will explore the precipitation differences between tropical wet and tropical dry climates.

Teaching Tips


  • Students can work at their own pace through this self-guided textbook lesson.
  • 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 have to sign in to access some of the interactive features.
  • Each student will need their own computer for the interactive questions.


  • A graphic organizer may help students visualize the similarities and differences between different types of tropical climates.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies and civics classes when discussing the rights of Indigenous communities or considering the idea of other species having the right to exist.
Scientist Notes

The resource is suitable to teach students climate characteristics in the tropics. According to the Köppen climate classification system, there are three climate types common in the tropics: Af, Am, Aw. These climate influence vegetation types. This resource is recommended.

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