Gathering freebies for teaching science
In addition to microscopes, textbooks and lab supplies, teachers frequently need all kinds of odd equipment for teaching science. It’s a good idea to collect objects throughout the year so you’re ready for any lesson.
Try these sources for building your collection of inexpensive science equipment:
- Party supply or dollar stores have everything from paperclips to Slinkies. Visit them for class sets of gadgets, magnets, magnifying glasses, measuring tools and toys for teaching science.
- Many cities have recycled materials centers in which visitors can fill up grocery sacks with hundreds of industrial scraps and items to use in a science class.
- Send a request to your students’ parents in the beginning of the school year for materials. Suggestions include film canisters, egg cartons, clear plastic containers, small jars, etc.
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