When someone asks you about winter, one of the first things that pops into your head might be how cold it is!
When determining how cold it has been each winter, scientists look at the average temperature over a period rather than just one day.
See if you can compare the average temperatures from two different weeks by filling in a table like the one below. Make your own chart on a separate piece of paper.
You can get the temperature by looking online or on a smartphone, checking in the newspaper or catching the weather report on TV or the radio.
To calculate the average temperature of the week, add all of the recorded temperatures from the week, and divide that number by 7. You may need a calculator to help you.
Now, compare the temperatures in your town with the coldest months of different locations around the world.
There is usually one month that locals know is the coldest. Even if cities are in the same hemisphere, the month may be different depending on their position on Earth.
Use online research tools to find out what the coldest month of the year is for the following cities.
MORE ACTIVITIES FROM CHILDREN'S UNIVERSITY AUSTRALASIA
- 31 days of drawing
- Track the phases of the moon with your own Moon Journal
- 12 holiday activities for April
- 6 a-maze-ing challenges to try this week
- Tigers in space! Or tigers ... and ... space
- Weather Watch
- Build your own Viking helmet
- Engineering bingo
- Crafty little critters: make animals and insects from household items
- Make an origami snowflake
TIPS FOR PARENTS
- Make activities fun, avoid creating stress
- Spend time doing the activities together, each task is achievable
- Be guided by your child, let them lead the activity
- There is no one way of doing a task, be creative, have fun
ACM, publisher of this newspaper, is partnering with Children's University Australasia to bring you a series of weekly activity sheets. The activities are designed to be fun and offer interesting discoveries along the way. While most children are back at school as lockdown restrictions ease, others are still spending days at home. We hope these ideas will provide entertainment and opportunities for learning. You could put this page aside to use in the next school holidays! For more activities and to follow the CUA network, go to cuaustralasia.com.