This document is a compilation of 4 first day demos I have used to capture the attention and interest of my new students. Each demo links to an online video example and includes a materials list. # of the demos are from Sick Science! They also have many other demos to check out!
I have found that most teachers talk the whole during the majority of the class period on the first day - and while some talking is inevitable, students will love to break it all up with a quick demo here and there! Many students decided on the first day after doing these demos that they would love this class! That's the way I want to start out!