Experience with Temperature


In some schools you may see use of Thermic Tablets and Thermic bottles for providing children with experience with temperature. A set of Thermic Tablets consists of 4 pairs of different materials- wood, steel, marble, and felt. Unfortunately, in working with these materials, children sometimes confuse differences in texture with differences in temperature. Therefore, this material is not considered necessary.
Thermic bottles are bottles paired according to the different temperatures of water placed inside them. This material has limitations also. Since warm temperatures tend to cool, and cool temperatures tend to warm, to room temperature, the activity is one that has to be set up for each individual child wo wants to use it. This is not really necessary if other approaches to temperature are provided as explained below.


To make the child aware of temperature


Temperature can be presented to a child as he experiences it in the everyday life of the classroom. For example, while eating a child may drink or eat something extra cold, or taste something that is hot. While washing hands a child may feel the differences in water temperature as it comes out of the faucet.


Hot - Cold
Hot - Hotter - Hottest
Cold - Colder - Coldest
Warm - Warmer - Warmest


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