A demonstration of how to measure the air temperature using a thermometer. There are temperature differences between day and night, and the temperature varies between shade and full sunshine. We can describe the temperature as being hot, mild, chilly or freezing.

This clip is from:
Primary Geography, Temperature
First broadcast:
18 January 2008

After viewing the clip, ask the class to make posters with instructions on how to use a thermometer and how to read one correctly. Ask: “Where do you think is the warmest place in our school? Where is the coolest place?” Encourage pupils to make predictions. The children could then go on to use thermometers to measure the temperature in various locations around the school, at different times of the day. Do their results bear out their predictions? Pupils could present their results as bar charts or line graphs. Challenge the children to work out the difference between the highest and lowest temperatures recorded and also the average temperature for the day. Pupils could calculate temperature conversions between Celsius and Fahrenheit and vice versa. They could memorise a handy set of equivalent temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit, too.