6 Maps. My album actually calls for 7, but I chose to leave out the control chart for the climate zone pictures since they also have the colored dot to use as a control.
The maps are easy to make using the world puzzle map. I used a fine line permanent marker to trace the continents and watercolor pencils to fill in the regions. The pictures above are in the drying stage prior to laminating!
Picture Cards for the 3 Climate Zones (Frigid, Temperate, & Tropical), laminated and marked on back with a colored dot for control. I used somewhat abstract line drawings that were in my album, you could also use realistic images or drawings. I left mine black and white, but they could also be colored in.
My early childhood album includes this presentation in the mapping sequence right before continent picture studies. Climate Zones are also included in elementary geography through the geography charts (specifically the topic of Movements of the Earth and Their Consequences: Charts 18-29). These charts cover a more in depth look at why the earth is hotter in certain places, at certain times of the day, and during certain seasons. While not the same charts, the early childhood maps could be adapted (especially for us space starved homeschoolers!).
Present the labeled map with all three zones colored.
Discuss the characteristics of the individual zones with the individually colored maps
Display the picture cards in the proper zone of the large unlabeled map
Make observations about common traits of the zones (look at the clothing the people were, the types of things that thrive there, etc)
Extensions, Follow up, and other uses
Mix up pictures and sort without using control dots
Use magazine pictures to create students own map of one characteristic (people, houses, animals, vegetation)
Tie to Fundamental Needs of People presentations