Investigating Temperature: Using a Thermometer
In this activity, students will record the high/low temperature daily throughout the school year and observe the change over time (phenology). They will analyze the data monthly and make predictions about the temperature.
Context for Use
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity
Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Weather, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science
Description and Teaching Materials
Indoor/Outdoor thermometer (optional)
Daily newspaper or internet access to find yesterday's high/low temperature
¼" Graphing paper (one for each month September – June)
¼" colored paper strips to match color code of Everyday Math Thermometer
As part of the math calendar activity daily, a student job will be find out the high/low temperature for the previous day, using a newspaper or internet website. They will record the high/low on the graphing sheet for the month, and find the colored strip to represent the high for the day.
Teaching Notes and Tips
A classroom thermometer can be used for this graphing activity using of current temperature. Students can calculate the difference in high temperature from one day, week, month to the next.
Make the graph for each month together. Discuss the month name, number of days in the month, and label the graph parts.
Minnesota Weather Guide Environment Calendar
Everyday Math curriculum
Everyday Math color code:
Temperature Range Color
100∞ - 120∞ Red
80∞ - 100∞ Orange
60∞ - 80∞ Yellow
40∞ - 60∞ Green
20∞ - 40∞ Blue
0∞ - 20∞ Purple
Below 0∞ White
Everyday Math curriculum has a large classroom thermometer. Use this tool to introduce the temperature ranges and color codes.
2. Interdependence Within the Earth
Weather can be described in measurable quantities and changes from day to day and with the seasons. Measure, record, and describe weather conditions using common tools.
Ex: temperature, precipitation, sunrise/sunset, and wind speed/direction