My school asks that about 85% of our days have some type of lab activity. These range from full labs that take up multiple days to 10 minute "quick labs", such as putting a pencil in water to observe refraction. I am the only 8th grade teacher and I teach 2 preps. This means that some weeks I am setting up and taking down up to 8 labs! I am looking for advice on how to make the process go quicker. Here are things I do now: 1) I usually run 8 lab groups. When setting up a lab, I put the supplies into 8 bins and each group just picks one up. 2) I try to store things that I'll need for a lab all together so it is easier to get out. 3) The science storage room is in another location in the building so I have a section of my room where I put "to be stored" materials. Last year I found myself so backed up that the "to be stored" area looked like a cluttered mess! My students are pretty good in following the rule of "Don't touch any lab equipment without permission" But I fear with so much clutter, something might go missing or get broken. Help!