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Tools and Equipment of Science

Author(s): Barbara Tharp, MS

Introducing Tools and Equipment

There are several different ways to involve students and introduce them to different tools. By taking a tools inventory, students can observe tools and discuss the possible uses of the tool, as well as where they may have seen the tool before. 

Students may also sort tools by different properties (appearance, measurement volumes, what they measure) to help reinforce their understanding. 

Students can also create a diagram, or draw the tools onto a poster and then label them. 

Graphic organizers with all the tools listed can be useful, as can different games. In a “describe the tool” game, the teacher can give hints describing the tool while the students try to guess which tool is being described.