Life Science Experiments for Middle School

Middle school students have a lot of energy, but their muscles can actually fatigue faster than they realize. This idea of muscle fatigue is explored in the experiment “Get a Grip” found in our new middle school e-book, Exploring Life Science. In this experiment, students squeeze a bulb connected to Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor.

The decreasing pressure exerted by the student on the bulb is graphed over time using our free Graphical Analysis 4 app.

Exploring Life Science is one of our three new, affordable e-books for middle school science organized around the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Life Science, Earth & Space Science, and Physical Science. A corresponding package of Vernier Go Direct sensors is available for each e-book.

Middle School Experiments: Classic Approach and Three-Dimensional Approach

The experiments found in these three new e-books take a more classic approach to learning as opposed to the three-dimensional approach used in NGSS. Nevertheless, they include correlations to the DCIs, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Additional Experiments for Middle School

We also offer curricular materials that use the three-dimensional learning approach; our e-book Middle School Explorations: Chemical Reactions and our supplements to OpenSciEd curriculum are written in alignment with NGSS. But sometimes having more structured, detailed instructions is a better fit for your students, your teaching style, and your resources. The three new e-books and their corresponding packages include

If you think you would use all three of these e-books, consider our lab book Middle School Science with Vernier and its corresponding Middle School Go Direct Package. All of the experiments in the three smaller e-books are included.