Nightingale Middle School

Hands-on Science!

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Cool Science Stuff!




Welcome to the Science Department!


The Nightingale Science staff recognizes that, developmentally, our 7th and 8th graders are transitioning from concrete to abstract thinking and each student is doing so at their own pace.  Our classes are designed with this in mind, so we develop our curriculum to address multiple learning styles.  Our hope is that students leaving the Nightingale science program are productive, confident, positive, competent learners, who approach problems creatively, and are both skilled at collaboration and self-sufficiency.


The goals of the Nightingale Middle School Science Department are to:

  • prepare students for success in their future high school and college science classes
  • prepare students to be scientifically and technologically literate
  • make science engaging and relevant to our students
  • create effective critical thinkers


Dam, Mr. Teacher
Kish, Ms. Teacher
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Soule, Ms. Teacher

Useful Links

California Science Standards

(You need Adobe PDF to view the State Standards)


(The Exploratorium web site has a number of good articles and activities for students)

How Stuff Works

(This site has lots of information about how different machines work, along with tons of other information)

Science News for Kids

(This site has current science news articles on physics, chemistry, the environment, technology and more, along with games, puzzles, and a science fair zone with news and tips. Updated weekly!)

The Science Spot

(This is a general site for middle school or junior high lessons and science-related links, including a number of interactive links)

Science Bob

(Science Bob shows how to conduct several experiments at home. Some well-known young actors are featured doing science experiments)

Fear of Physics

(The name of this site ought to elicit interest just by itself. This site helps explain several physics ideas)

Nine Planets

(This site offers introductions to the eight planets, their satellites and other Solar System objects, including Pluto (the "ex-ninth planet"), asteroids, comets and Kuiper Belt Objects)

NASA for Kids

(This site includes a variety of pages geared toward middle and high-school students from NASA)

Energy Kids

(The U.S. Department of Energy's site for kids. Information and activities related to energy resources. See particularly "Related Links" page)

Scientific American

(This is the web site for America's leading non-specialist science magazine. The site has plenty of current science news articles. In addition, you could use this as a site to look for a topic to research. For the magazine itself, check out the school library or your public library)

Bill Nye

(The best part of the site is the number of home labs and experiments that you can do)