California’s Natural Regions and Architecture
California’s Natural Regions and Architecture What is the climate like where you live? What kinds of plants and animals live there? What kinds of buildings have humans built to be comfortable in that environment? Explore these questions in this lesson.

Today’s Activities

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READ IT! WRITE IT!

Look out your window.  What do you see?  The climate outside affects what plants and animals live there, but humans can also make changes like clearing trees for houses and roads and planting different types of trees and flowers.  Locate where you live on this map and identify the natural region of the area.  Read more about your natural region in this reader.  Now use this map to learn how many people use the land in your region.

Write an informational paragraph about your natural region.  Identify the region, describe its climate and natural resources.  Tell about a type of human activity or land use in the region and how several natural resources are used as part of it.  You can make your own map of California by copying or tracing this outline and then filling it in to represent the natural regions of our state.

 

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Brain Teasers!

Brain Teasers! Challenge yourself to solve these math puzzles. Share one or more with someone else and explain your thinking.

Leveled learning extension 1: Reinforce your math skills with these pages which offer more basic math problems!  

Leveled learning extension 2: Tease your brain with these worksheets to target foundational math skills! 

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 2

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Build it!

Humans design houses that are adapted to the climate of their natural region.  Use these pages to explore different types of architecture and to think about for what climate they are best suited.  Can you build a model of a home designed for a particular climate?  Watch this story  read by Mrs. Dunlap and learn more about the Architecture Expo.

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