Measuring Temperature for Special Education Reading A Thermometer

Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


This unit on measuring temperature and reading a thermometer contains over 70 pages of activities specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism.


This unit on temperature addresses how to read a thermometer and different temperatures in a simplified but rigorous way for students to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material whether deciding what to wear for the day or reporting the weather in circle time.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on temperature and reading thermometers. This repetition encourages a true understanding of temperature and how to read a thermometer.


Finally, many of the activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


***This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 24 google slides including a set that is totally differentiated using color-coding.


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Measuring Temperature Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 9 days of lesson plans
  • Temperature and Thermometer activities in color
  • Temperature and Thermometer activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint shows
  • What is the weather like? book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Reading a Thermometer book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Measuring Temperature Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • 3 sorting worksheets (includes digital version)
  • 3 sequencing worksheets (includes digital version)
  • 3 matching worksheets (includes digital version)
  • blank template for students to fill in their own thermometers



Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! These questions will hopefully push our students to think more deeply than before.