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Science Tools and Lab Safety for Primary Grades

One of the first Science units that I teach every year to my kiddos is about Science Tools and Lab Safety. It is a great way to familiarize the students with the Science tools that they will be using all year long. It is also a great way to teach them how to properly use them. It is important to remember that while you may be teaching young kids, you are also laying the ground work for all the Sciences that come later. Science in the primary grades prepares students for biology, chemistry, physics, etc…Since I teach second grade, I generally stick to the basic Science tools such as:
·         Magnifying Glass
·         Magnet
·         Microscope
·         Terrarium
·         Computer
·         Balance
·         Beaker
·         Weather Vane
·         Aquarium
·         Safety Goggles
·         Notebook
·         Thermometer
·         Rain Gauge
·         Stop Watch
·         Ruler
·         Scale

I have my students cut out fact cards for the different Science tools. We put them into a pocket in our Science notebooks for reference throughout the year.

If possible, have all the tools for the students to examine. I like showing the students the real tools as well as using a Power Point presentation that encourages discussion about the reasons we use Science tools.

We also discuss which tool is the correct tool for the different jobs…

Lab Rules are also crucial to teach students. Even if you don’t have a Science lab, lab rules are important to follow when performing experiments in your classroom.

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1 comment:

  1. Great post. You are right, this is the foundation for teaching Science and does play an important role in the primary students' learning process.