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Three Tips for Managing Science Supplies

Many teachers find the prep, and cost, of science materials overwhelming. Managing your science materials does not have to be overwhelming. In this post, I am going to give you three tips for managing your science materials. 

Science Materials

Tip #1: Use Household Materials for Science Supplies

Some classroom experiments call for a beaker or other glass container. I use glass jars instead! I found the perfect size glass jar for experiments, the jar hearts of palm come in. I ate about 12 jars so I could use them in experiments. You can also use other household items in your experiments! I use toothpicks, paper plates, paper cups, and other household items to make teaching science cheaper. 

Tip #2: Have Students Work in Groups

Not every student needs their own set of materials! To offset the cost, you can have students work in groups! For example, when I have students dissect owl pellets, I have them work in groups of five. Not every student is going to want to be hands on with every experiment. I find with owl pellets, theres usually one person in each group that is comfortable touching the owl pellet. Each student will still participate in the experiment, and this way it is a lot cheaper!

Owl Pellet Setup

Tip #3: Hand Out Science Supplies a Little at a Time

For example, with this Kool-Aid experiment, I would give students the jar of water, and the Kool-Aid packet before I gave them the cup with the baking soda. This prevents eager students from using the materials before you are able to give instructions! This way, they only need one set of materials and you won’t need to provide replacements. 

Kool-Aid Experiment

I hope these tips help you with managing science materials! Hop on over to my store to see if there are any ready to use lesson plans that would work in your classroom! 

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit

Tina S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2

Richard S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

Sharon M

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
5
2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning

Expedition Fourth

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer

Heidi J

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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