Temperature Conversions (Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin)
This zip file contains:
- Temperature Scales Diagram Handout (PDF)
- Temperature Scales Diagram Key (PDF)
- Temperature Conversion Equations (PowerPoint slides)
- Pictures of each page in student interactive science notebook
I use this lesson in my freshman level physical science class. The PowerPoint slideshow contains a slide that can be used as a engaging hook or "science starter" as I call them.
First, I handout the scales diagram sheet for my students to put on the even numbered (reflection) side of their notebook. If you do not use interactive notebooks in your classroom, this can easily be given as just a worksheet.
Second, I go through the three PowerPoint slides and present the six equations the students will use to convert between the three temperature scales. These headings and equations should be spaced to take up the entire (odd numbered) page as shown in the picture. At this point, I also remind the students of the order of operations and give them the acronym shown.
Third, I go through the first conversion with them as examples. The students then work on the rest of the conversions independently. They are required to write down their work on a separate sheet of paper and turn it in at the end of the day.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.