Weather Chart Science Experiment
Channel your child's inner Al Roker with this at-home weather tracker!
- Micro meteorologist:Your child.
- A thermometer:One that measures outside temperatures, not your kid's fever. Check your garden supply store or pick up a cheap one from Yard Lover.
- Graph paper, a ruler and markers:For an old-school handmade chart.
- A computer and printer:To create a high-tech chart.
- A calendar:To create the "date" axis of the graph.
- To begin, have your little meteorologist design her weather chart. The Y axis is the vertical one. The X axis is the horizontal one. The dates go on the X axis and the temperatures go on the Y axis. She can either make a simple line chart by hand on graph paper, or she can make a high-tech one online with a Graph Making Program.
- Next, she should select the minimum and maximum values for the axes and divide the grid into equal segments. In other words, on the X axis she should mark the days she is doing the experiment. We suggest 30 days.
- On the Y axis she should mark the minimum and maximum temperature values. Depending on where you live, this can be anywhere from 0 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once she's completed her chart, she should hang it up near the back door and get ready to get down and nerdy!
- Have her place an outdoor thermometer just outside the back door.
- Then every morning (or afternoon—it doesn't matter when, as long as it's around the same time every day) she should take a peek at the thermometer and note the temperature and mark it on her graph.
- If she does this every day for a month or two, as winter gives way to spring, she'll be able to see a definite rise in the temperature on her graph.