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This lesson was developed as part of the TeacherTech program at Rice University.

This is a lesson that introduces and reviews science laboratory tools for upper elementary school students. It is their introduction to the basic equipment used in a science lab. The students also focus on the purpose of the tool while using the scientific method. Students will have an opportunity to learn about important scientists and participate in a science convention.




This lesson is directed at students in the third through eighth grade. It is a science lesson that integrates language arts and social studies. Students will have an opportunity to review measurement in math as they access the resources.

Students will need to work cooperatively as they research, experiment, and explore different science questions and have some knowledge of the scientific method.



This lesson addresses the learning objectives found in the science curriculum. The focus is objective 1 of the Science TAKS or the nature of science. Students will have the opportunity to take on the role of scientist. It requires thinking and working as a scientist. Students learn about science tools, safety, measuring, history, and experimental design. Students will learn to problem solve and think critically as complete this lesson.




All young scientists will begin this investigation by forming a team. Scientists work in groups or teams. It helps to learn and discover when you are able to work with others. All scientist will have a team. Each team will meet to decide which role each member will have on their team. Each scientist will have one of the following roles:

Principal Investigator - This scientist will lead and conduct the investigation and team.

Communication Specialist- This scientist will record or write what happens during the investigation in a science journal and report the groups findings at the scientific convention.

Materials Manager - This scientist is responsible for gathering the materials and being the safety monitor for the group.

Project Manager - This scientist is responsible for being the time keeper, making sure everyone remains on task, and making sure all work is completed on time.

After each team has been formed and roles assigned, the principal investigator will make sure that all team members view the Powerpoint on Science Tools. After viewing the powerpoint, the principal investigator and the team will decide on a science experiment or investigation.

They will also investigate a scientist who is known for the investigation or the science equipment. The team led by the communication specialist will write a summary of the scientist's life and report on the scientist or inventor during the convention. The communication specialist will demonstrate one of the scientist's experiment or illustrate their life using Powerpoint.

Using the scientific method, the team will complete the experiment or investigation using the appropriate tools. The communication specialist will present the team's findings during the science convention.

The materials manager will introduce and demonstrate their science tools to the convention. If there are any questions concerning the proper use of the equipment or the history of the equipment, the materials manager will speak for the group.

The principal investigator and the project manager will lead the demonstration of their investigation to the convention. If the team will construct their science tool, the project manager will demonstrate and explain the process for building the science equipment.


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