Reflection: Complex Tasks Testing Temperatures - Section 1: Elicit


I have a few developmentally delayed students, a couple of mono-lingual Spanish students, and some severe speech students. Because of this, I use hands-on experiences. I believe they must actively do, not just hear and see.

For this lesson, I first inquired as to how many of my students knew what a thermometer is and how to read one. I found that my kids were only familiar with digital thermometers and none of them have ever seen a traditional one! This gave me the idea that I need to teach them how to use a standard thermometer. Even in our own cafeteria when we were collecting "Pennies for Patients" we were using a paper thermometer to measure how close we getting to our goal.

This lesson provided the kids a hands-on opportunity to use and read thermometers. Being accurate was not the goal, only getting the experience. If the kids read the thermometers within a few degrees of accuracy, it was acceptable.

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Testing Temperatures

Unit 8: Wondering about weather??
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT understand the connection between temperature and weather by measuring ice, water in a room and water left in the sun.

Big Idea: Kids learn that temperature is relative to weather conditions.

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Science, wind, rain, weather
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