The student is expected to collect data from observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, thermometers, and non-standard measurement tools.
The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in classroom and outdoor investigations.
Heat and Temperature: The Physics Classroom (website) – Good explanation of temperature, and how it can be measured by using a thermometer.
Heat and Temperature
The Physics Classroom, www.physicsclassroom.com
Thermal Energy Physics: Thermalenergy.org (website) - Detailed information explaining the physical science of thermal energy and its relationship to heat, absolute zero, temperature scale and more.
Using Heat from the Sun: BioEd Online (website) – Students investigate the power of sunlight to heat water.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Temperature: Teacher Vision (PDF) - Download the printable activity sheet from this link to introduce students to relative temperatures in different conditions (e.g., room temperature, freezing, boiling).
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Greenhouse S'Mores: BioEd Online (website) - Chocolate candies are placed under clear plastic cups to melt under the sun. The directions do not call for thermemometers but they should be used to measure the temperature inside the cups.
Interactive Thermometer: Mathisfun.com (website) - Before introducing students to the website, have them predict how items on the interactive thermometer will rank, from coldest to hottest. Then have students check their predictions, either individually, or as a group.
Temperature: Heating Up and Cooling Down. Stille, Darlene (ISBN-13: 978-1404803459)
Temperature Game: NASA (website) - Learn about relative temperature (in Celsius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin) by matching different locations and objects with their correct temperatures.
Temperature: BBC (video) - Water freezes at 0 degrees Celsius and boils at 100 degrees. Blood is usually 37°C. Watch this one-minute video to learn some of the basics about temperature.
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