Science Tool Speed Date also known as Visiting with Science Tools--this is a fun and hands on way to introduce students to science tools. They will spend 2-3 minutes with each tool completing a simple task, just like speed dating. (Don't worry, the term "speed date" is not included on any student pages.)
This is also available with 5 other creative resources in:
★ ☆ ★ ☆ ★ ☆★ Science Tool Bundle!
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Bundle Includes This Resource Plus:
☞ Science Tool Word Wall (with Assessment)
☞Science Tool Task Cards
☞Types of Scientists: I Have Who Has Card Game
☞Scientists and Their Tools Nonfiction Reading Cards
☞Science Tool Sort
How to Use:
Set up science tools around your room with the table tent or the task card. Each card includes a simple task that should take 2-3 minutes. Have students rotate quickly through the stations as a fun way to speed date or be introduced to the science tools. You can have students take the recording sheet around with them to record a quick, 1-sentence summary of what they did and then determine if the tool was used to
observe, measure, or other.
Which Tools Do I Use?
In this pack, I included 18, but it is not necessary
to do all 18. Just use the ones that you have,
and don’t feel the need to go out and purchase
When I did this activity with 2nd graders, I chose
10: microscope (slide viewer), hand lens, graduated
cylinder, thermometer, eye dropper, binoculars,
stop watch, compass, measuring tape, pan balance.
I chose those mostly because those are what we
had in the science lab.
Included Tool Cards:
Observe: telescope, binoculars, microscope, hand lens
Measure: scale, pan balance, measuring spoons, measuring cup,
beaker, graduated cylinder, stop watch, measuring tape, spring
scale, thermometer, rain gauge, ruler
Other: compass, eye dropper
Now included: Editable Powerpoint so you can create additional task cards.
**Note: I didn’t include the term “speed date” on the activities
because I can only imagine the questions you might get. With
your students, you can call it visiting with science tools. But
speed date really is what I was picturing, and it’s the best way
I can describe it to you! ;)
Two Formats are included:
Table Tent—print, cut in half, and fold on the dotted lines to make a triangle. Then, tape the bottom. These are cute and will stand up for you at the different stations.
Task Cards— for a quicker option, just print and set on the table with the tools. Laminate if you have time beforehand.