Projectile Motion and Experimental Design

Hands-On Activities and Videos for Middle School Science

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Use Experiments to Teach Projectile Motion
Are you looking for a way to engage middle schoolers in their science learning? Are you eager to see your students become scientists in your classroom?

That's the goal of this course...
Each lesson has two parts...
1. Video instructions which include:
  • a demonstration of the activity
  • extensions for students who want to dig deeper
  • hints and strategies for preparing each lesson
2. Written instructions which include:
  • list of materials
  • straight-forward directions
  • questions and writing prompts
  • explanations for the students and teacher
By starting with the scientific phenomena, you'll be intrigued and excited to dig deeper into the why’s and how’s of each scientific concept. Beautifully illustrated and well laid out, the written materials are easy to use from the very first page. Helpful tips throughout the experiments and the Teacher Notes leave the reader in no doubt about how to perform or understand an experiment.
Designed for students and optimized for teachers, these labs will engage and fascinate students. Scaffolded writing prompts allow students of different abilities to engage with the same content. Engaging Science Labs are useful for classroom or homeschool environments.
  • Straight-forward without being simplistic
  • Written to students; designed to be print-and-go.
  • Watch experiments; read directions; access background information.
Subject: Physical Science
Target Age: Middle School


Your Instructor

Carolyn Balch
Carolyn Balch

I started my career as a high school physics teacher. Then I entered the field of museum education at the National Air and Space Museum (part of the Smithsonian Institution) where I wrote science education materials and ran teacher workshops. When my children were born, I left the workforce and when they were little, our family got involved with a school start up. My children grew and with them, the school; I volunteered on a weekly basis, running science experiments for my son's class and joined the faculty as the middle school science teacher when the seventh grade was added. Now I write full-time, working to publish the curriculum I developed while I was teaching. Each online course is a unit of study from a hands-on, laboratory-experience perspective. Each activity has a video and written instructions so you'll be thoroughly prepared to teach them.

What's included:

  • Videos demonstrating each of the lab investigations.
  • Accompanying written instructions for each lab.
  • A forum for asking questions and sharing with other teachers.
  • Guidance for writing formal lab reports.
  • Scaffolded writing prompts.
  • Answer keys to help with assessing student work.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?
This course is a collection of video and written resources to use in your classroom. You can start as soon as you sign up!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Do I have to wait for videos to be unlocked?
Nope! All of the lessons are available as soon as you sign up for the course.
Do I have to watch all of the videos?
Nope! You can watch as many or as few as you like. Some of us prefer to scan a written document and some of us prefer the details and visuals of a video.
Do I have to go in order?
Nope! You can use the lessons in any order—I always arrange them in a way I think makes sense, however since students in my classes worked at their own pace, they also tended to do the lessons in their preferred order. Within each section, the lessons progress from concrete to more abstract and from fundamental concepts to more tangential ones.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for teachers to give them hands-on resources to teach middle school science.

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