Do your students often get a beaker and a flask mixed up? Mine certainly did, until I added this fun foldable to their interactive notebooks and the manipulative matching game to their test review!
Your students will thank you for providing them with a fun, interactive experience when learning the most common pieces of lab equipment found in a typical middle grades science lab. This type of foldable and review has worked wonders in my classroom not only with student engagement, but with retention of the material resulting in improved scores on standardized tests!
In this exercise the students review key lab tools, their definitions, and their uses by creating a foldable and/ or playing a manipulative (matching style card-based game).
6, 4 panel lab tools foldables with definitions (total of 24 lab tools). Both doodle style and photographic foldables are included, you choose which works best for your class. The doodle style allows for coloring, while the photos give a more "real life" feel. The same foldables can be cut out individually to create a 48 card, matching game covering common lab tools found in a junior high science lab. Blank foldables and definition cards are included in case you want to add additional lab tools specific to your class. Game was created for middle grades (5th-8th).
Full teacher key an teacher guide with full instructions on how to use and assemble the foldable and the manipulative matching game.
Overview of lesson
Approximately one to two class periods in length, as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class. Easily modified to be shorter or longer depending on the needs of specific classes. High level thinking strategies and varied activities allow for different learning styles and will aid any teacher attempting to differentiate their classroom. This lesson was created for middle grades and is a great review or practice to help students understand the many concepts and academic vocabulary found in any middle grades lab. This is an extremely popular lesson in my classroom! Students love foldables and the “game” aspect of the matching exercise.
Your students will build confidence using the lab tools they learned about in these fun and hands on labs designed for middle school learners! Click the links below to find out more.
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