5E Instructional Model Plan:

Altitude, Mountain Ranges, and Lakes 5E Instructional Model Plan

Plan for teaching about different factors that influence climate, using the 5E Instructional Model as a framework

5-7 days

Students learn about rainshadow/orographic effect by making observations of mountain range and ocean location, direction of prevailing winds, and vegetation on each side of the mountain range in a region that exhibits rainshadow effect. Students then collect temperature and rainfall data from the same region and write an explanation for the climate categories found in the region investigated during the explore phase. Students apply their understanding of the processes that drive by rainshadow effect by explaining why large lakes located in cold climate regions can cause lake snow effect.