One important part about learning science is to know what proper tools are needed to help answer scientific questions. This lab is a great introduction to the tools that everyday scientists use. This lab consists of 10 stations where students cooperatively identify how the tools are used as well as learn how to use them. All 10 tools were precisely selected for their use in upper elementary and middle school grades.
This Lab Includes:
* Background information for the teacher
* Materials List
* Helpful Tips
* 3 Lab Sheets that ask questions at each station
* Exit Slip
Stations are easily assembled with everyday materials. Here is a list that is needed to complete this lab:
Hand Lens- small object (I suggest pencil shavings on a petri dish), 2-3 hand lenses
Thermometer- 1 cup (needs to be filled with water), thermometer
Forceps- 1 cup (needs to be filled with water), object that reacts in water (I suggest an alka seltzer broken into smaller pieces), and forceps
Ruler- 2-3 rulers (students will select their own object to measure)
Tape Measure- tape measure (students will select their own object to measure)
Beaker & Measuring Cup- pitcher of water, beaker & measuring cup
Graduated Cylinder- 3 graduated cylinders labeled #1, #2, & #3. Fill each graduated cylinder with water at different levels.
Pan Balance- pan balance & a bag of things to measure.
Spring Scale- scale with standard masses & small object (I suggest pennies)
Microscope- microscope & prepared slide
Pairs perfectly with my Tools & Safety Task Cards
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