|Link for above project sheets|
Arctic Circle: Polar climate - very cold - has several countries within it's circle (represented by puff paint (2 parts shaving cream, 1 part white glue, mixed well)
Tropic of Cancer: Temperate climate - majority of land mass is characterized by deserts and grassland/trees (represented by green moss from dollar store and sand paper)
Equator: Tropical - characterized by hot and rainy seasons - rain forests (represented by sun and rain clouds they colored)
Tropic of Capricorn - Temperate climate - majority of this runs over ocean and little land mass (represented by ocean with dollar store 3D stickers of ocean animals)
Antarctic Circle - Polar climate - extreme cold - only Antarctica within it's borders - uninhabited by humans (represented by thicker puff paint with added texture - we used a can of "snow" from World Trade store to add to the puff paint to thicken and give added texture)
While this isn't perfect - it definitely gives them some points of reference to jump off from when they get older and can take on more details and deeper explanation.
The top colored map has a good breakdown of the climate breaks. The information underneath explains the common uses of the great circles. The colored print out with the sun in the center explains how the great circles are used to calculate the seasons. We tied in our experiment from CC with the tennis ball and pencil and discussed the axis tilt and the Northern and Southern hemispheres - which we tied into the difference in coldness between the Arctic region verses the Antarctic region. The black and white map is for them to go ahead at home and color the different climates between circles as they review the information again with Mom/Dad. The small colored map gives the climate breakdowns and the information beneath it explains about latitude. There were additional sheets that were given to the kids. Three sheets were search and find of Desert Animals, Jungle Animals and Arctic Animals - tying in our previous weeks of vertebrates/invertebrates, ocean zones etc. There was also a deeper explanation for "Tropics" that we went over and discussed together at the end.
Love the sensory activities for this age! Who doesn't like to get messy when they're this age?