Recently updated! A mapping and text based evidence learning activity that supports the Common Core State Standards..This product is classroom ready. Your students will learn the major climate zones and the three themes that scientists use in categorizing climate zones. Students will work with annotation of informational text, close/critical reading strategies, mapping, answering of questions that require text based evidence, Author's Purpose (PIE), writing that requires using text based evidence. Included is teacher notes, lesson steps, student handouts, Table Texting Activity, Mapping Activity, Critical Thinking Quick Write, annotation strategies, answer key, five informational text articles dealing with climate, SBAC published close/critical reading strategies, This product is aligned with ELA CCSS and the NGSS.