Do your kids get a little crazy during labs? It’s easy to when they’re really excited about the task. The main thing that is important to me is that students are following directions, using materials safely, working cooperatively, and learning!
In order to help with those 4 things, I like to use Lab Teams. With Lab Teams, each group member has a particular role in completing the activity. The roles are pretty broad and can be used for experiments, investigations, and other group tasks. I like to have groups of 4, but sometimes groups of 5 are necessary because of the number of students present or a lack of materials.