Many students come into high school already knowing the basic lab equipment from previous science classes. Instead of having the students copy lab equipment information again from notes or a lecture I let them get up, move around and touch the equipment themselves.
I place our commonly used lab supplies around the room and allow the students time to walk around and fill in the lab scavenger hunt. I instruct them if they're not sure about the name or what it does to ask their classmates or worse case to leave it blank. Many students can easily fill this in by themselves with only one or two blanks.
At the end of the session we return to our seats and briefly go over the answers they should have gotten.
This is a good activity for students who have already seen the items (like a repeat credit class). This is also a good activity for ELL students, as they can feel accomplished sketching the equipment and talking with other students if they're comfortable. This activity could also be used for a middle school, chemistry, IPC, or physical science class.
Common equipment I might put out: microscopes, eyewash, test tube, different types of goggles, forceps, pipette, flask, beaker, microscope slide, balance, petri dish. But you can put out what your standards call for or what you use the most!
This has dotted lines for cutting and fits perfectly in a composition interactive notebook.
- Sarcasm Fish