Students collect temperature readings from various locations,
discuss, and record differences. They post daily Internet weather
reports in the school cafeteria and senior center, and share findings
about temperature with a second grade.
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- Understand role of
observation and experimentation.
- Understand how humans
use technology and design process to respond to the natural
world and solve everyday problems.
- Gather scientific information
through observation in the laboratory and in the field.
results obtained by observation and experimentation through models,
illustrations, and oral presentations.
- Study a giant thermometer model and begin to read different
- Learn vocabulary: temperature, Celsius, Fahrenheit, thermometer,
boiling point, freezing point, contraction, expansion.
- Indoors, measure and compare temperatures when thermometers
are placed: in a bowl of ice water, in a bowl of hot tap water,
in the room. Observe contraction and expansion of red-dyed alcohol.
- Outdoors, observe weather and measure temperatures in sunny
and shady locations
- Record observed weather conditions and temperature readings
on Thermometer Worksheet.
- Discuss differences in sunny and shady readings. Conclude that
earth gets its heat energy from the sun.
- Returning to the same locations daily for a week, record temperature
- On centimeter graph paper, draw a double-line graph showing
temperature results in sun and shade.
- Predict the following day's temperature.
Checking local temperature readings and weather forecasts on the Internet,
the class posts Daily Weather Reports
in the cafeteria and senior center, and shows a second grade class
how to read a thermometer.
Inviting a local TV weather forecaster to visit, students demonstrate
their project, and compare forecaster's predictions for the next day's
temperature with their own. They also ask about a meteorologist's
Giant thermometer model, individual thermometers, bowls,
ice, hot tap water, centimeter graph paper, Thermometer Worksheet,
Daily Weather Report
Students use the Internet to look up local temperatures and weather
the same set of data, students individually create bar graphs on graph
papers. Students take vocabulary quiz.
research forecasts at Yahoo Weather! www.weather.yahoo.com