Although he’s in 7th grade, I began by giving him my lower elementary manual to look through. He methodically turned the pages, engaged by the variety of experiments and really took his time reading and looking at the pictures. Then, he took a look through my NAMC Upper Elementary - Scientific Method and Technology manual. He read through it, closely studying the section on science experiments and experimental variables.
Montessori Curriculum Resources - NAMC Scientific Method and Technology Manual
I’d given him a pad of sticky notes when we began, and observed that he had chosen three experiments that both interested him and could be slightly modified for middle school. After some discussion, he chose Experiment 7 in the Botany section of the lower elementary manual, “Growing Plants without Soil”. He commented on how we’d seen hydroponics and aeroponics in action during our trip to Epcot last Christmas and how it seemed that this would be a good experiment that he could conduct over Christmas Break. I agreed and we started making plans on how best to conduct the experiment.
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