Tropical Belt

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This lesson familiarizes learners with the term "tropical belt." First, learners locate the equator, Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn on a map and trace these lines with a crayon. Learners also color in the locations of tropical rainforests. Next, learners cut along the colored lines of the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Educators can punch a hole at each end of this map and tie the ends together with yarn. Learners can wear the belt in class to remind themselves that rainforests are found near the equator or midsection of the Earth. This lesson includes extension ideas and is standards-based. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Solid Geometry
    • Representation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access