- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Students become familiar with a thermometer and its freezing point as they practice reading and recording the temperature.
Materialsoutdoor thermometer red crayon or marker Today's Temperature Record Sheet (PDF)
- Show students a thermometer. Point out its parts and discuss its purpose. Ask students if they know what temperature is the freezing point. (32º Fahrenheit)
- Place a thermometer outside the classroom window (or in some other easily accessible location).
- At the same time every day, read the thermometer with students. Model for students how to record the temperature on the record sheet (PDF).
- Ask students if today's temperature is above or below the freezing point.
- After several demonstrations, assign different pairs of students to record the temperature on a daily basis and share their findings with the class. Display the thermometer record sheet each day. Together, look for patterns over time.
- To go further, graph the temperature each day. As students check the temperature, they can record it on the thermometer record sheet and on the graph. Look for patterns on the graph.
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