Third grade completed their lessons on thermal energy with a lab about thermometers. In this investigation, we watched the thermometer as the hot water cooled to determine which cup was the best insulator. Thermometer concepts and skills were new to many of my students. Vocabulary included Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin, degrees and scale. We also learned freezing and boiling points of Celsius and Fahrenheit scales. To reinforce this concept at home, show your children places you use thermometers (such as your thermostat, oven, fish tanks, or car). Show ways you use thermometers to measure the temperature of your body, air, liquids, or meat.
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