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Scientific Thinking and Measurement Stations are great for introducing science measurement and thinking at the beginning of the year.
The 8 stations focus on mass, temperature, volume, time, hand lens, length, classifying, and safety.
A Student Sheet goes along with the stations for recording their work.
Stations can be set up quickly using basic supplies you likely already have!
What You Need for Each Station:
Mass- triple beam balance, bag of things to measure
Temperature- 2 cups labeled Cup #1 and Cup #2 (both need to be filled halfway with water, Cup #2 needs several ice cubes in it), thermometer
Volume- 3 graduated cylinders labeled #1, #2, and #3, cup of water, cup of water with lip for pouring, pipette, optional: food coloring for the water)
Time- stopwatch, small ball
Hand Lens- small object (I suggest a coin on a paper plate), 2 hand lenses
Length- small long object (I suggest tweezers or a small stick), centimeter ruler
Classifying- about 20-30 beans from 15 bean soup mix (found in the grocery store for cheap) on a paper plate or tray
Safety- basic safety supplies like goggles, aprons, and gloves
**You may want to provide colored pencils at Volume, Hand Lens, Classifying, and Safety.
**Each student needs a front/back copy of the Student Sheet.
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