Middle School Earth Science Teacher Guide


Features 13 core activities covering the fundamental topics of weather & climate, seismology & topography, soil properties and more.

Exploring Environmental Temperatures

Lab Summary

Use a temperature sensor to explore temperatures variations in multiple locations in the environment, organize and compare the information in simple tables, and identify relationships the temperature patterns reveal.


In this activity, students explore temperatures variations in multiple locations in their environment. Students collect data using the temperature sensor and organize and compare their information in simple tables. Students will then be able to identify relationships the temperature patterns reveal.

Students investigate areas and objects at different temperatures related to their surroundings while they:

  • Recognize that heat can be transferred through a substance
  • Recognize that the sun is the major source of energy for phenomena, such as weather,
    climate, and the food web, on the earth's surface
  • Gain skills and confidence in using scientific measurement tools, the temperature sensor, as well as the graphing capability of a computer to represent and analyze data
  • Design and conduct a scientific investigation


Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Setting up the equipment to measure environmental temperatures
  • Selecting locations to measure temperatures
  • Measuring the temperatures at ten pre-determined locations

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Chemistry Sensor


Allows students to measure Temperature, pH/ISE/ORP, Absolute Pressure & Voltage in one sensor. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Middle School Earth Science Starter Bundle


The equipment bundle for teaching 11 of the 13 Middle School Earth Science Teacher Guide's labs.

Option 2:

Middle School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 49 lab activities in the Middle School Science through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

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