Equipment and Supplies


Science, Nature-Study, Natural History,

Ecology, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Education


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National Science Teachers Association Suppliers Guide Webpage

This is probably the best one stop location to find connections to science equipment suppliers.
An excellent company that focuses on nature-study as well as science education. They have most of the things you need. I've found them to be very helpful on the phone and the orders arrive quick and correct.
National Science Teacher's Association Free Materials Website Looking for FREE Stuff? NSTA Reports' Teachers' Grab Bag Is Online

Well, you've just hit the jackpot. NSTA Reports' ever-popular column—Teachers' Grab Bag—is on the web. NSTA Reports is NSTA's source of news and information for and about science education, published six times a year for NSTA members only. Check out, where you can find hundreds of free and almost free items such as videos, publications, CD-ROMs, lab kits, and more.

IRIS Seismographs in Schools Program The IRIS Seismographs In Schools program, funded by NSF, provides simple seismographs (the AS1) capable of recording earthquakes from around the world. Students can analyze data from their seismograph and from other schools to determine the magnitude and locations of earthquakes.

Near-real-time recordings of the school seismograph can be displayed on a Web site. IRIS distributes up to 30 AS1 seismographs per year, and over 100 AS1s have been given out to K-12 schools, science centers and organizations and universities.

Common Science Equipment Every Elementary Classroom Should Have!

Compiled by J. William Hug

What kind of supplies should a well equipped elementary classroom have?   I put together this list for you that has many of the common items you should be thinking about. You can add to this list and make suggestions for things that should be included.   My suggestion is that you can get many of these items very cheaply at garage sales, thrift stores, and even around your house.   A great way to get items is to send letters home with students asking parents to volunteer to give things to your classroom.   You might also ask the principal at your next job interview how many of these items the school provides to gather information about how much support you'll have as a teacher.   In this age of small school supply budgets it might be very beneficial to get a science equipment box and start putting things in it so that you will be ready to go when the time comes.

Dr. Hug's Top Twenty Science Equipment Essentials

Aquariums, water & old ones from garage sales are fine for non-water

Aluminum foil pie pans/trays or old cookie sheets for catching spills

Balances/Scales for measuring weight

Bandanas (for blindfolds, spills, covering things, games)

Glass jars - baby food and quart size

Graduated cylinders, 50 ml or larger

Magnifying lenses

Measuring - meter sticks

Measuring - metric rulers

Measuring cups - metric

Paper towels

Plastic bags: re-sealable style, all sizes

Plastic containers: quart size or larger

Plastic cups 10 oz. and 12oz.


Spoons - garage sale metal and/or plastic

Storage containers to organize classroom supplies & protect items

Thermometers, Celsius, non-mercury

Trash bags

First Aid kit, small with adhesive strips, moist wash-up towels (check school policies)

Cleaning Supplies

Rags, Bucket, Broom, Dustpan, Cleaning Solution (vinegar and water works great)

General Use Items

Aluminum foil

Bags, paper; Bags, kitchen trash


Containers: Baby food jars; Bottles: assorted, 2-liter plastic, juice and water

Bowl, mixing or other large containers




Clay, modeling

Clips, paper

Clips, binder


Drinking straws

Film canisters, plastic, 35 mm


Glue, school



Paper, poster; Paper, scrap; Paper, construction

Pencils, #2; Pencils, colored

Rubber Bands



Strainers, Kitchen


Tape, masking and clear



Common Science Activity Items

Balls, tennis, rubber, golf, beach, playground, ping-pong, etc

Board, 1 meter by 30 cm to use as incline plane


Batteries: AA and D; Bell Wire; Wire strippers

Hot Plate

Beakers, 100ml or larger

Compass, magnetic

Land snails

Owl pellets

Magnets: all shapes and sizes


Measuring spoons, Measuring cups




Flower Pots

Potting soil

Lights, fluorescent or grow lights



Seeds: many types, including grass, mustard, radish, red kidney beans, lima beans, pumpkin, corn

Shell collection

Rock collection

Socks, White athletic tube

Spring scale calibrated in Newton

Tuning forks

Wooden Blocks

Weights: Washers, sinkers, Pennies

Grocery Store Items

Baking soda, Corn Oil, Cornstarch, Corn Syrup, Food coloring, Salt , Sugar, Vinegar


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