Science Lab Tools and Safety Gear Activities: Mystery Box and Memory Game

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Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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Looking for first day of school science activities? Review science safety attire and lab equipment with this hands on activity set your students will love! Can be used in small groups and science stations. Engaging, fun and great for back to school.


  • Lab Gear Themed Mystery Box Activity & Worksheets
  • Classification Activity Option
  • 28 Science Equipment and Safety Gear Cards
  • Memory Game
  • Matching Game
  • Flash Card Option


How I Use This:

I love using the Science Mystery Box icebreaker in the first week of class to assess several things: student knowledge of science and safety tools, ability to work in team, and ability to follow directions. After determining how much they know about tool names and uses, I then will decide what activities come next.

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Usually, the day after Mystery Box, we will review each tool name. I use the picture card without the name (projected on the big screen) and quiz the students on name/use/unit of measurement, etc. Then we will start the memory game. I allow students to play in groups of four. For lower grades/ability they use the sets that include a name. For higher grades/ability, they use the cards with the picture only and must tell me the name/function to collect the cards.

These can be used as flash cards, matching games, pictionary prompts, or anything else you can dream up!

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Total Pages
20 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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