This printable thermometer spans seven 8 ½ x 11 pages, creating a nice big visual for students to practice telling and marking temperatures. A color version and a black and white version are both included.
To prepare, print the desired pages and laminate. If your printer prints with a small white border, you may need to trim the top and bottom edges slightly. Then, simply attach with tape to build the thermometer. I used clear scotch tape across the front to get the spacing nice and even and then used duck tape on the back to reinforce it. Tape red ribbon to the bottom for students to use to mark temperatures.
You can also tape the provided temperature labels to the sides of the thermometer to create some context for the temperatures. I like to do this with my students so we can hold a class discussion about the most appropriate labels for each temperature zone. Some great vocabulary building conversations have come out of this activity!
In my own classroom, I use this as part of our daily math routine. We check the temperature on a digital thermometer each morning. Then a student shows the temperature on the large thermometer. We chart the daily temperature on the thermometer and use that information to observe temperature patterns, find the high and low temperatures for each month, and compare temperatures from day to day. I love that this quick daily practice gives my class experience with a vertical number line and builds number sense.
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Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles