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NCTM Activity - Air Temperature
Task with Student Directions

GLOBE Assessment
Grade 9-12

Math Activity for Protocol Test

For high school grades, include the following:

Use the relationship: degrees F = [9/5 (degrees C)] + 32 to translate these temperatures in degrees C to degrees F:
maximum temp = 34.5 degrees C
minimum temp = 18.1 degrees C
current temp = 22.3 degrees C

(NCTM Standards: Numbers & Operations 3.1, 3.2)

Use the relationships

degrees F = [9/5 (degrees C)] + 32 AND
degrees C = (degrees F – 32) x (5/9)
to calculate the temperature at which degrees C = degrees F

(NCTM Standards: Algebra 2.1, 2.3)

Air Temperature Protocol Test

The Air Temperature protocol test assesses students' ability to take accurate air temperature measurements.

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Student activity & Level of Performance

+ appropriate student performance

- inappropriate student performance

n.a. not appropriate or not observed

Taking accurate temperature readings                                              
Do not breathe on, touch, stand too close or expose the thermometer to direct sunlight when using it.                                              
Read thermometer at eye level                                              
Read temperature from base of indicators                                              
Record current temperature                                              
Record maximum and minimum temperatures                                              
Record date and time                                              
If no measurement for previous day, record only current temperature                                              
Reset maximum and minimum temperature markers                                              


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