Featured in PASCO’s Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

Elementary School Science Teacher Guide


Features 29 inquiry based labs designed for elementary students and coordinated with the standards for life, earth and physical sciences.

Exploring Temperatures

Lab Summary

Use a temperature sensor to explore temperature changes, to observe the property of temperature, and to learn that temperature is a measure of how hot or cold something is compared to a standard scale.


To understand that temperature is a measurable property of matter, students:

  • Explore temperature changes by the use of graphs and meters for measuring temperature.
  • Guess which places in the classroom and around the school will be warm and which places will be cool.
  • Check guesses with a temperature sensor.
  • Compare the range of warm and cool places inside and outside.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor


Allows students to conduct all three measurements simultaneously and continuously. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Bag of clothing, warm- and cold-weather clothing - Variety
Large outdoor thermometer 
Paper meter (construction paper or paper plates and a brad)
Paper thermometer (can be written on) 
Thermometer, oral 

The Associated Bundle:

Elementary School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 25 lab activities in the Elementary School Introductory Science Experiments.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.