These sites explain the Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit scales for reading thermometers. There are several classroom activities for making thermometers and using them to read temperatures. Includes a temperature conversion chart. Also learn how crickets can be used to predict the temperature. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on metric measurement.
Make a Thermometer
This hands-on activity has students create a thermometer with a bottle and a straw.
Watch the animation to learn molecules movements and Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit temperature scales with Tim in Moby. Take a quiz and click on the "Bob, the Ex-Lab Rat" for an experiment. NOTE: The web site is available by subscription only.
Make models of thermometers to display temperature readings.
Temperature and Absolute Zero
Read about atoms moving and how that relates to the temperature. Also discusses the concept of absolute zero.
Practice counting by twos and reading a thermometer in Celsius.
Scholastic Today's Temperature
Read about the temperature and then record it on the sheet provided. Students can graph the results over time.
Wind Chill Chart
Use this chart to see how the wind chill affects the air temperature outside.
How Stuff Works: How Thermometers Work
This site explains how thermometers give the temperature. Click on "Next Page" for more. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner abs.
Dr. Math answers a student's question and explains how to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
Enchanted Learning: Kelvin Temperature Scale
Learn about the Kelvin scale, absolute zero, boiling and freezing points of water on Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit scales. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Use this temperature calculator to convert temperature into different scales: Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin, Reaumur, and Rankine. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Temperature Conversion from Celsius to Fahrenheit
Learn how to mentally convert temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit. Practice the new skill online. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Temperature Conversion from Fahrenheit to Celsius
Here is an online exercise and game to practice temperature conversion from Fahrenheit to Celsius. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Graphing the Temperature
This hands-on activity has students graph temperatures on the thermometer over a period of time.
This page has instructions for creating a thermometer using a plastic bottle, a straw, and warm water.
eThemes Resource: Math: Metric Measurement
These sites teach about length, volume, mass, and temperature using the metric system. Learn the history of the system and what the prefixes mean. Includes several sites to convert and classroom activities on measurement. An eTheme Resource on customary measurement is included.
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