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Middle School Science Experiments That Include Everyone

Science demonstration- magnet attracting paper clip on string, from lesson 'Distant Forces'

Science demonstration- magnet attracting paper clip on string, from lesson ‘Distant Forces’

Is it really true that these middle school science experiments are for every student in your room? Let’s see- we know the “good” kids who normally pay attention will continue to do so. But what about the daydreamers, the troublemakers, and those who panic when things get “wordy” and technical? I designed each of my middle school science experiments to keep everyone interested:

  • The daydreamer will become intrigued with the demonstration
  • Troublemakers are usually kids who hate worksheets because they have trouble reading, so they’ll love getting their hands on science
  • And those with weak stomachs will be ok too, because they’ll get a boost of confidence from what they did themselves. And that which you have done with your own hands you are no longer afraid of.

This is an excerpt from the lesson- “Interactive Notes-Sound

The Best Time To Use Middle School Science Experiments

Which is better- to do interactive middle school science experiments at the beginning or the end of a chapter? Which would you guess? In most cases you’re better off using demonstrations at the beginning of the chapter because:

  1. Demonstrations allow you to introduce middle school science experiments with more interest, when it’s really needed, and that causes…
  2. Less stress and anxiety sometimes associated with a new chapter
  3. And now you have the rest of the chapter to refer back to the demonstration for review or to show how newer concepts apply

Advantages Of These Middle School Science Experiments

Since each of my middle school science experiments has been used in a real classroom you know you’re getting more than a great sounding idea that might work. You’re getting middle school science experiments without kinks and with a consistent flow from beginning to end. You’re also getting a thorough background that reflects what actually happened when I did the lesson with my students, and not what might happen or we hope will.

We all know what it’s like to try to use a teacher’s guide that’s vague or idealistic; those don’t work because they were dreamed up far from a real classroom! That won’t happen with my middle school science experiments.

Illustrating Every Middle School Science Experiments

It’s my firm belief that almost everything in science has a simple explanation, and the best ones include a demonstration with a reference to something students are already familiar with. It’s very important that those illustrations become a central part of each middle school science experiments.

Have you ever listened to a speaker who confused you? In your mind you may have thought, “Why don’t you showme what you’re talking about. Give me an illustration, please!” If they finally did give an illustration, then you remember your anxiety letting down. Remember to use word pictures often during your middle school science experiments, because that’s how our minds learn best, and also because there’s usually a student in your classroom looking at you starving for an illustration but saying nothing.

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