Today's Temperature: Day 2
- Write about a
- Learn about thermometers
and freezing point.
- Practice taking
temperature readings with a thermometer.
one class period
- Choose a location
for the classroom thermometer.
- Print out record
sheets for each child.
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with children some of the winter weather words that they learned yesterday.
Ask them what it feels like when they go outside during winter. Lead
children to understand that during the winter it is cold outside.
if any children have seen or used a thermometer. Ask if they know
what it feels like outside when the temperature is 70°? When it
is 30°? Explain that a thermometer measures the temperature of
the air outside.
children a thermometer. Point out its parts and discuss its purpose.
Explain to children that the freezing point is at 32º. This means
that any water outside will turn to ice when the temperature is at,
or below, 32°.
a thermometer outside the classroom window (or in some other easily
the same time every day, read the thermometer with children. Model
for children how to record the temperature on the record sheet.
children if today's temperature is above or below the freezing point.
children what they think the temperature might be on a winter day.
Have them explain their answers. Ask, what temperature does it have
to be before it can snow? (32°)
Assign different pairs of children to record the temperature on a daily
basis and share their findings with the class. Display the thermometer
record sheet each day. Have the class work together to look for patterns