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Lab Equipment Vocabulary – Match-Up Activity

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Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 4 - 6

Identify different types of science tools by matching vocabulary terms, pictures, and definitions.

Learn About Science Lab Equipment

Are your students excited to dive into science experiments? Asking questions about the world, forming a hypothesis, and testing with an experiment is an excellent way for students to use critical thinking and problem solving skills. When conducting even basic science experiments, there typically is some sort of lab equipment involved. Teach Starter has created a match-up activity for your students to practice identifying some of the common types of lab equipment.

Vocabulary terms include:

  • Microscope
  • Beaker
  • Test tube
  • Thermometer
  • Triple balance beam

And more!

To play, match each picture with the appropriate lab equipment name and definition. Write the letter on the matching equipment card on your recording sheet. 

Through this activity, students will practice identifying different types of science lab equipment.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your science lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this match-up activity to enhance learning through guided science groups or whole class lessons.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Students who are struggling should work with a partner or in a small group with the teacher.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Students who need a challenge should set a timer when matching the cards and try to beat their previous time.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the color PDF, black and white PDF, or editable Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download. 

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  

This resource was created by Kaylyn Chupp, a teacher in Florida and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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