This is an ActivBoard flipchart I made for a 3rd grade science lesson about reading temperature from thermometers.
The first page shows pictures of various kinds of thermometers. I asked the students if they knew what the instruments pictured were for, but I did not tell them the specific kinds of thermometers pictured.
On the next page, the pictures are numbered, and there are options listed for the specific jobs of the various thermometers (example: baby's temperature, meat temperature, outside temperature, etc). I had the students match the thermometer with it's job description on their own sheet of paper. The answers are listed on the next page.
There is a page with a picture of a mercury thermometer (as this was the kind focused on by their math workbook). It is labeled with the temperatures for water's boiling and freezing points, as well as blood (what a normal temperature should be). This shows the comparison between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
The flipchart ends with an activity that I had the students do in total silence (this worked for my class, but you may choose to allow your students to talk. It is nice to have some quiet though!). The directions are given in clear detail, and I had the students read them silently. The next page has 3 mercury thermometers pictured, each with a different temperature displayed. The students were to work with the others at their table and write on a whiteboard the temperatures displayed, in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.
The very last page has the number of the workbook page the students were to complete. Again, you will want to customize this based on your specific instructional needs.
Thanks for downloading! I hope this lesson goes as well for you as it did for me!
Thermometers and Temperature by Sara Kistner is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License