Biology Chat First Day of School Ice Breaker Lab Station Activity

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Amy Brown Science
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7th - 11th, Homeschool
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Great activity for the first days of class to get students up and engaged. I liked it because it forced students to talk to each other and begin to forge relationships in class.


The first day of school should be fun, not boring! This science lab ice breaker activity will help your students learn about their classmates, while serving as a diagnostic tool for the instructor. Do you want to be the fun teacher, or the one who reads the class syllabus out loud on the first day of school?

What are the benefits of this activity?

Group work is an important part of what we do in a science class. Each student will need a lab partner, and there will be many times in the classroom when group work is required. This activity will allow the students to get to know one another before they have to work together on a “real” assignment or lab. It also serves as a diagnostic tool for the instructor.


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What will the students be doing?

There are 10 lab stations. Students will rotate through each of the ten stations, completing the tasks at each station. Each station will contain a science-related task as well as an icebreaker question that each student must answer

Concepts covered at each lab station:

Station 1: The Microscope

Station 2: Graphing

Station 3: Electron Microscopy

Station 4: Making Observations, Comparing and Contrasting

Station 5: Lab Equipment

Station 6: Laboratory Safety

Station 7: Classification

Station 8: Metric Scavenger Hunt

Station 9: Prefixes and Suffixes

Station 10: What makes an animal an animal?

What is included in this product?

  • 4-page student handout.
  • 10 Biology Chat Lab Station Instruction Cards
  • 8-Page Teacher Guide

Materials List:

  • Microscope
  • A prepared slide of your choice.
  • Four images taken with electron microscope (Included in product.)
  • Two plants (potted or cuttings)
  • Meter stick
  • Graduated cylinder
  • Triple or quadruple beam balance
  • Stopwatch
  • Thermometer
  • A lab with safety features (Examples: Eyewash fountain, safety shower, fire extinguisher, fire blanket, fire alarm, etc.)
  • A group of objects that can be classified into groups. (Teacher’s choice.)
  • Bag of sugar (or object with similar mass.)
  • Can of soda (or object with similar volume.)
  • Coin
  • Paper clip
  • Wood block (or any square or rectangular object.)
  • Cotton ball
  • 4 photographs of living organisms (included in product.)

The 8-page teacher guide includes:

  • Purpose of the activity.
  • Description of what students will be doing.
  • How to carry out your role as facilitator.
  • Materials List
  • Complete instructions for how to set up each lab station.
  • Tips and suggestions for successful completion of the activity.
  • Complete answer key for lab station questions.

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Total Pages
26 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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