This is one of my favorite activities to do at the beginning of the year while teaching scientific inquiry and about science tools! It is self guided and simple enough to do even if you are still practicing procedures. However, it also lets your students get a taste of all the hands-on fun that science has to offer!
This activity will allow your students an outlet for their curiosity, while teaching them good practices of science with specific tools.
I usually set these 7 stations up around the room, demonstrate how to use each tool, and then let the students go! They love it!
*Full Color and Black Line versions are included*
- Station 1 – Ruler and ribbon (any string or yarn will do)
- Station 2 – Balance Scale, gram weights, and a pencil.
- Station 3 – Timer (students could also count the second hand on a clock)
- Station 4 – Graduated Cylinder, water in a separate container.
- Station 5 – Thermometer, water in a container
- Station 6 – Hand Lens, Microscope and/or any other magnification tool
- Station 7 - Computer with kid-safe search engine or science books
This activity was created as a part of my “Science Tools Unit". If you and your students have enjoyed this activity, then be sure to check out the rest of the unit. It is all done for you! Both the test and study guide are closely aligned to Louisiana State Standards 7,8, and 15. Even if you do not teach in Louisiana, your state standards are probably very similar, as most are.
If you would like all of my Science Tools Unit materials, I have a bundle which includes this test, the related study guide, and other Science tool related resources available at my TPT store. Bundles can save you MONEY :)