Check out this great article. Use this for a close read and satisfy your principals Reading in the Content request. Your reading coach will be impressed when they see this Lexiled (710L, 800+ words) article written to meet the grade band text complexity requirements for Common Core. Comes complete with ELA-style questions. If you are really sneaky, your ELA team may use this in the language arts block and support science. How's that for integration. :)
SC.5.E.7.6 Describe characteristics (temperature and precipitation) of different climate zones as they relate to latitude, elevation, and proximity to bodies of water.