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Background For Teachers:
Fourth grade students not only need to learn about Utah’s environments, temperature, elevation and rainfall, they also need to create relationships between these concepts. This activity requires students to use map reading skills and to make connections between elevation, climate, and temperature. They will then communicate this information to classmates. Not only will students be discussing science concepts, but also math skills of reading temperature and rainfall figures that are applied in practical ways.
This activity uses the jigsaw model. Each group or team will take a set of questions, become the expert in that area, and then present their findings to the rest of the class. In this manner, all students learn information, but each group has different questions to answer. The maps used for the activity contain the following information:
Many questions can be discussed with students. Consider how different factors might affect the development of different environments (e.g., more rainfall supports more plant and animal life). Would climate also affect where particular animals and plants can live? (Yes, animals depend on food sources that are specific to certain climate conditions.) Students should begin to see relationships between temperature, rainfall, environments, and elevations. They will also see trends that develop because most of Utah is a high basin desert, which creates conditions for specific trends in these areas.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Invitation to Learn
A social studies connection to this activity is one that helps students practice using grids on maps. It also ties into Mathematics Standard III, Objective 2: Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using grids and maps.
After a discussion of how a grid can help you find places on a map,
or if you are learning about grids during math, transfer the skill to the
Utah map. Show students a grid on an overhead, and then place the grid
over the Utah map (also on an overhead). Have students practice
identifying and pointing to grid locations. They can also locate the grid
Place the grid over one of the maps from the preceding activity. Ask:
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