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Effects of Physical Location Sort

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: K - 2

Help children learn how the environment effects those that live in a specific area with a sorting activity.

The Effects of Physical Location…What?

Kindergarten standards can sometimes be so vague. Take the effects of the environment on people for example. This seems like a strange and abstract concept to teach five-year-olds, and sadly, it often gets overlooked. However, we’re here to help you drop a bit of Social Studies back into your daily routine with engaging sorts and activities designed to engage kids and spark important conversations.

This printable is designed to help young learners learn about how the climate in an area affects the people that live there. They will look at photographs and images from different climates, and sort modes of transportation, clothing, housing, and leisure activities into matching categories.

To play, lay out the climate sorting mats. They will then sort the objects shown on the cards into the climate from which they originate.

Through this activity, students will discover how the climate in an area affects the people who live there, including their choices of clothing, housing, and recreation. It makes a perfect introduction to a weather unit for kindergarten.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your  Social Studies and Science lessons. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

  • Invite students to use a visual reminder of the human characteristics of a place by looking at an anchor chart or classroom poster. 

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

  • Have students further their learning by verbally explaining their reasoning for each sorted item. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 


This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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