Lesson 1.2: The Mediterranean Is a Great Place to Live (Mediterranean Climate)
• Students will be able to describe the characteristics of the Mediterranean climate type.
• They will locate 5 Mediterranean climate regions in the world
• They will identify geographic factors that create these climate conditions, with emphasis on the Mediterranean itself.
• They will explain why this type of climate is desireable for human habitation.
1. Lands of Two Seasons: Mediterranean Climate Ecosytems, University of California Television, http://www.uctv.tv/shows/Lands-of-Two-Seasons-The-Worlds-Mediterranean-Climate-Ecosystems-24602 (11 minutes)
2. Physical maps of the world and the Mediterranean region (atlas, globe, classroom, or online maps)
Lesson Plan Text
1. Show the 11-minute film Lands of Two Seasons: Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems http://www.uctv.tv/shows/Lands-of-Two-Seasons-The-Worlds-Mediterranean-Climate-Ecosystems-24602 to give a quick overview of the special zones in the world named after the original Mediterranean climate type.
2. Review the film during or after viewing, noting that the Mediterranean is the largest such zone in the world. Use maps to compare the 5 regions’ location and compare them.
3. Review the information in the film and relate it to the coming lesson about winds and currents, below. What is the latitude range of the Mediterranean, and how is the region protected from cold winters (ring of mountains in the north, the result of uplift from tectonic plate collisions).
4. Why is the region rich in biodiversity, and what are the downsides for farming, and the influx of people to the region in recent times.