Essential Elementary Science Equipment

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Essential elementary science equipment allows students to measure. Every classroom should have meter sticks, balance scales, and graduated cylinders.

Essential elementary science equipment allows third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade kids to measure.

Ms. Sneed Scavenges to Find Elementary Science Equipment

Our favorite fourth grade teacher, Ms. Sneed, wanted to use more science labs. After her mentor, Mrs. Brown, explained the fair test, she realized that measurement was essential. Furthermore, it allowed her to do double duty – teaching math and science simultaneously.

“My kids need to measure length, mass, and volume,” she said to herself. Instead of buying new equipment, she decided to look around the school.

Measuring Length

First, Ms. Sneed headed to an empty classroom. Tucked away in the closet, she found a set of old meter sticks. “Perfect!” she thought. “The kids can use these to measure longer distances. Additionally, we can use them for tracks for marbles when we study forces and motion.”

As she rummaged around in an abandoned teacher desk, she also found a bag of tape measures. “Just what we need for circumference and odd shapes,” Ms. Sneed whispered.

She hurried back to her classroom and stowed her “new” measuring tools. Then she remembered the old storage shelves.

Meter sticks are essential for elementary science labs. Every third, fourth, and fifth grade class should have a set.

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Measuring Mass

Ms. Sneed walked down the stairs to the school basement, flicked on the light, and stood before the shelves. In two dusty, decrepit boxes, she found her first treasures: balance scales. Tucked behind them, she spied a bag of gram weights. Now her students could measure mass.

A balance scale measures mass. Every elementary school classroom should have one (or more).
Measuring Volume

As she turned to leave, the teacher spotted a bin of plastic containers. “That’s it! Graduated cylinders,” Ms. Sneed said. “These will let us measure volume.”

Graduated cylinders measure volume in milliliters. Every elementary classroom should have a set.

Ms. Sneed Reuses Everyday Junk

Over the next few months, Ms. Sneed and her class tried dozens of science labs. As she set them up, she realized the need for assorted plastic containers, egg cartons, jars, and other objects bound for the recycle bin.

As our favorite fourth grade teacher opened the cabinet to grab materials for her next science experiment, a little smile brightened her face. “Just look at all of my fabulous, free elementary science equipment,” she said to herself.

Elementary science equipment lets third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade students measure length, mass, and volume.

Enjoy Teaching

Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.

Purchasing Elementary Science Equipment

If your school doesn’t have extra science equipment laying around, you can use these links for a quick purchase from Amazon:

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