Introduction to Experimentation Activity Set for Middle School Science

Elevation Science
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SAVE 25% OFF LIST PRICES! Perfect to introduce lab skills during the first week or the first month of school! Use this set of activities to help middle school students become familiar with basic lab equipment, experimental design, data analysis, and independent and dependent variables.

This set of 4 activities will FIRST INTRODUCE students to important experimentation skills and THEN REINFORCE their understanding with a simple lab activity.

This resource includes:

  • Presentation on designing a fair experiment
  • Informational Text with Questions: Independent and Dependent Variables
  • Informational Text with Questions: Qualitative and Quantitative
  • Get Familiar with Lab Equipment Activity
  • Bouncy Ball Lab (Focus: Variables)
  • Candy Lab (Focus: Data)
  • Drops on a Penny Lab (Focus: Experimental Design)

Individual Activity Details:

  1. Get Familiar with Lab Equipment - Quick and easy activity designed to introduce middle school students to common lab equipment and how to follow directions in a lab. The objectives of this activity are for students to be able to follow step-by-step directions in a lab and identify common lab supplies and their uses.
  2. How to Design a Fair Experiment - Reinforce the importance of keeping one independent variable in an experiment and get students to think critically about experimental design. Includes a Google Docs or PowerPoint presentation to begin the activity and a supporting "drops on a penny" lab.
  3. Focus on Variables: Independent and Dependent Variables - Students learn to identify independent and dependent variables. Students will read a brief article about the differences between dependent and independent variables, perform a simple bouncy ball lab to reinforce identifying variables, graph data, and answer follow-up questions.
  4. Focus on Data Analysis: Qualitative and Quantitative Data - This activity has students collect qualitative and quantitative data about the candy in a mixed pack, such as Skittles or M&Ms. Students will read an article about the differences between qualitative and quantitative data, practice basic lab skills such as following step-by-step directions and measuring mass, and graph and analyze data.

Teacher Notes:

  • These resources are not editable.
  • Includes all answer keys.
  • Easy supplies! The list is as follows: typical middle school lab glassware and equipment, bouncy balls or tennis balls, meter sticks, pennies, dish soap, paper towels, pipettes, candies (Skittles or M&Ms), scales, food coloring, vinegar, baking soda, yeast

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20 pages
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
NGSSMS-ETS1-1
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

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