Back-to-School Activities

Ups and Downs

Measure the weather with Ups and Downs.
Measure the weather with Ups and Downs.

This back-to-school activity shows you how to keep track of temperature changes, just like weather forecasters do.

What You'll Need:

Step 1: Put a thermometer outdoors -- out of the sun -- and check it at the same time each day.

Step 2: Record the daily temperatures.

Step 3: Make a graph of your temperature readings like the one in the picture.

Step 4: Every week or so, connect the dots on the graph to make a line showing the temperature ups and downs.

Which day was coldest? Which was warmest? What trend do you see over time? Is it getting colder or warmer?

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