Measuring and Comparing Temperatures
Using thermometers, students will compare the temperature of various materials and locations. In science notebooks, students will decide on ways to record and organize the data that was collected.
Students will develop an investigation to compare differences in temperature.
Students will record and chart data collected.
Students will present completed graphs to classmates.
Context for Use
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity
Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Description and Teaching Materials
Using an overhead thermometer or Smartboard tool thermometer, have students practice reading temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.
Next have student pairs write 3-4 investigable questions using the sentence prompt: How does the temperature of _____________ compare to the temperature of _____________?
Sentences can be written in science notebook.
Have groups of students share their investigable questions with the class to help groups who are short on ideas. Examples: How does the temperature in our room compare to the temperature outside. How does the temperature of my hand compare to the temperature of my friend's hand? How does the temperature in the shade compare to the temperature in the sun?
Instruct students to carry out their investigations. Remind them that scientist often gather their data and chart it in some manner. All information should be documented in science notebook.
On day 2 of the lesson have student pairs choose one of their comparison charts to enlarge on construction paper. Students can use colorful markers to make graphs. Math skills can be used to calculate the temperature difference.
Have each group share their investigation findings with the class. Post charts around the classroom.
After all groups have shared, have students write a REFLECTION in their notebooks by using the prompt:
I discovered... or
Closing: Explain to students that meteorologists are always measuring and comparing temperatures to help them make weather forecasts. In future lessons, students can make a line graph and plot out the daily temperatures for a week or longer. Temperatures can also be collected at various times throughout the school day. As more temperatures are collected, students can begin making predictions. Sample Comparison Graph (Acrobat (PDF) 2kB Sep2 08)
Teaching Notes and Tips
KID FRIENDLY GRAPHING SITE:
*Investigable questions are listed in notebook 4 3 2 1
*Temperatures are accurately measured 4 3 2 1
*Data chart shows a comparison in temperatures 4 3 2 1
*Work habits - Stayed on task 4 3 2 1
3.I.B.2 Students will particpate in investigations using appropriate tools.