Dear readers: For a change of pace, I’m not going to invent the wheel, but will simply share a good idea that’s been used in many classrooms all around the world.
I remember the first time I made my very own cardboard thermometer back in kindergarten. I was only four at the time, but was fascinated by the fact that I could “make” the weather as warm or as cold as I wanted, simply by moving the yarn up and down. In the rich world of make-believe, I would shiver as the “temperature” dropped to freezing, and fan myself off as the red yarn slowly crept up to the higher numbers.
Years later, I played the same game after making these with the children I taught. The children loved combining counting with crafts. They learned concepts such as “hotter” and “colder”. They practiced sentences such as “It’s four degrees, that’s cold”…
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