How to read a thermometer is a basic skill that unlocks the possibilities of describing the weather for kids.
Today we are making a fun practice thermometer so that kids can read the temperature.
How to Read a Thermometer for Kids
I noticed with my youngest that it can be a little challenging to read a thermometer for two reasons.
- In most curriculums, it is brushed over quickly. The kids practice telling time, counting money, reading a calendar and measuring with a ruler, but identifying the temperature on a thermometer isn’t top priority.
- Thermometers vary, but many only have a few actual number identified and use marks to identify the rest. Some of these marks are for every degree, but the most popular format is a mark for every two degrees Fahrenheit.
Make a Practice Thermometer
This practice thermometer can be made into a worksheet or a practice tool.
Here is how we made it into something we can use everyday.
Materials Needed for Practice Thermometer:
Print off the thermometer image and cut it out. Using the glue stick, mat with a piece of left-over scrapbook or construction paper.
Cut the straw to the size of the picture and then glue to paper.
Cut the pipe cleaner 1/2 inch longer than the straw and insert into the straw.
Use the hole punch to create a hanger for the practice thermometer with the ribbon.
Practice Reading the Thermometer
Now your thermometer is ready for some fun!
- Have the child set the temperature at a certain degree.
- Have the child tell you where to place the temperature and then check if you are right…don’t always be right!
- Display the thermometer in the kitchen and set it everyday with the current temperature.
- Chart the temperatures for the week on graph paper.
- Compare the Celsius and Fahrenheit numbers and look at how they differ.
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