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    I'd like to cover middle school chemistry this year. Can anyone recommend a program they like?

    We enjoy experiments, but I also like lab reports or short answer questions / essays thrown in for practice.

    So far on the radar I have Middle School Chemistry by the ACS and Elemental Science (but I have to say Elemental Science looks like a little bit of a drag with the Classical style. But maybe as a spine?).

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    Rebecca
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    We used Middle School Chemistry. It's free, but the equipment and supplies will set you back a little, though you can reuse the glass and some of the chemicals and demo things if you do high school chemistry too. A lot of the supplies, like the density cubes and the ball and ring apparatus, were very worth having.

    Overall, it's an excellent program. There's not much to read... so you could combine it with some good books. The Disappearing Spoon is a really good option if you have a good reader. But there are others. And there are some great documentaries - Hunting the Elements from NOVA is great, and there was a PBS series about the history of the elements which was excellent too. Too bad Groovy Kids shut down - their Disappearing Spoon class was supposed to be good.

    I think Elemental is generally blah looking, but I haven't used it. Doing Middle School Chemistry one semester and The Elements by Ellen McHenry the other is another option... though... honestly I've kind of turned against Ellen McHenry's stuff altogether. I was always on the fence about it, but since she issued her very not secular geology program, I was like, well, that's the nail in the coffin.
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    Georgia Public Broadcasting Chemistry has lessons, videos, and teacher materials, but I think it's geared to high school. Depends on how interested you kids are in the subject? It would have been fine for middle school for my ds, but not my dd. The teacher materials are $20 if you are not a Georgia resident.

    Chem4Kids is a decent supplement website.

    If you want a slew of really fun websites involving the periodic table, let me know. I geek out over that kinds of stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    honestly I've kind of turned against Ellen McHenry's stuff altogether. I was always on the fence about it, but since she issued her very not secular geology program, I was like, well, that's the nail in the coffin.
    Thank you!

    Don't you hate when they do that? I feel like I can't trust their secular stuff. Like maybe they have censored it in some subtle way.
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