Middle School Science for a bit

Miss J finished up the boxes and crates that she had to work with over the past couple of months. She helped me review a set of creator kits from Pitsco Education. We then had some additional kits to review from a different company. We may or may not share a review about those as they were an individual review to be posted to a different website. I am still trying to figure out how exactly I felt about those. She did work on those in robotics (her favorite of the three), flight, and the microscopic world.

So, now what? She doesn’t really know. I am looking for a middle school level chemistry that is something like “chemistry in the kitchen” but haven’t found it yet. She is interested in hands-on, real-life chemistry, not compounds and lab science stuff. She also has a bit of an interest in physics. She and her dad followed a rabbit trail the other day about vaccuums, weight, space, gravity, etc.

I spent a couple of hours looking over sites like SchoolhouseTeachers.com, Guest Hollow, all the reviews we have done for science, Easy Peasy, Khan Academy, and more. I haven’t found what I am looking for so I popped into the local education store and picked up a couple of books to keep her going somewhere while I look for what she wants to learn.

Fred Investigates Force and Motion by Carol Marsh will hit on the physics interest she wants to explore a bit after the rabbit trail with her dad. This will be a simple introduction to it. This will help her investigate the language of physics, forces (like inertia and momentum), gravity, levers and pulleys, and more. There are inventions and inventors related to this area of science, also. With hands-on explorations along the way, this should take us a week or two to go through.

Mandy Mixes It Up With States of Matter by Carol Marsh will touch on some of the simple ideas of chemistry including some of the ideas she’ll need for chemistry in the kitchen. Vocabulary, tools and equipment, scientific investigation and method, scientists, and inventions are all again included. Plus, the pages cover all the states of matter, plasma included, energy, melting point, sublimation, vaporization, and more. It looks like it will be a good introduction that will help build the vocabulary to make a chemistry in the kitchen class stronger. Again, this is expected to take a week or two.

You can see pictures from these two at ChristianBook.com –
Mandy Mixes It Up With States of Matter
Fred Investigates Force and Motion!

So, I’m still looking. Anyone have a good chemistry in the kitchen class or am I going to have to build my own? I’ll be visiting the library soon to see what adult level books there are to help me!

Lori, At Home.

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8 thoughts on “Middle School Science for a bit

  1. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) October 19, 2020 at 6:43 pm Reply

    those look fantastic Lori. I need to look through some stuff I have here (if it’s not on the drive that crashed) on a middle school science that fits. (so no promises)

  2. Teresa October 27, 2020 at 6:56 pm Reply

    Those look like a lot of fun. I recall using a science in the kitchen book with a co-op class at an elementary grade level. I’ve never seen one specifically for chemistry. If you find one, I would be interested in your experience.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome October 27, 2020 at 9:58 pm Reply

      I have found a couple and have checked a couple of adult books out from the library to work with. I did find a class at Guest Hollow but it was definitely more of a high school level than my 6th grader could use. I will try to document a bit about what we do.

  3. dawnpeluso October 28, 2020 at 9:06 am Reply

    Those look like fun! I don’t know of any books but American Heritage Girls has a Kitchen Scientist Badge and some of those projects and objectives might be helpful if you end up making your own program.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome October 28, 2020 at 11:18 am Reply

      I don’t know anything about that program but I will certainly look into it. Thanks.

  4. Homeschool Fanatic October 28, 2020 at 3:45 pm Reply

    I wished I had done somethings differently when it comes to middle school science. If you are familiar with Usborne, they have updated the kitchen science this year with a brand new series that sounds like what you may be looking for. Let me know if you’d like more information, I’d be happy to help.

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