Nicole Dainty

I have taught 5th grade, 6th grade, and 6th-8th grade science. I am currently a co-director of a small tutoring and educational Services company. My husband and I have 4 children ages 10 to 3.



Recent Posts by Nicole

Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:22 PM in Hypothesis format
Fred - I have drawn on two sources after completing my initial teacher training to develop how I ask students to write their hypotheses and predictions - both more recent than the 1970s. They are: (check their hypothesis advice for students. This site is intended to help students with inquiry process during science fair.) Also Using Science Notebooks in Middle School...

Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:30 PM in Electrolysis - Help?
Thanks so much for your replies so far. A bit of background on my science fair: we have our local (school) fair, then winners proceed to the regional fair, and possibly to the state fair (IN) from there. Students can choose between a science project and an engineering project. His device would not be allowed in the science fair as no projects involving electricity can be displayed according to ...

Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:54 AM in Electrolysis - Help?
Hi All, I am a middle school science teacher, and I am responsible for organizing our middle school science fair. I have one student who wants to build an electrolysis device as an engineering project this year. I explained to him that he'll have to have a safe area to do this experiment, in particular because hydrogen gas is flammable. I have reservations about this project for a middle sch...

Recent Reviews by Nicole

Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:23 PM
5 Effective for Teaching Scientific Literacy
I just used this lab with my 7th graders in a unit on motion, speed, velocity, acceleration, etc. I have found my students have a VERY difficult time reading graphs and interpreting data. It is a component of scientific literacy they seem to struggle with. I used a website ( to easily make various graphs. Some easy, some challenging. I was able to assess which students in particular needed further instruction in reading graphs, and what aspects of graphing motion proved problematic for my classes as a whole. My kinesthetic learners and students with ADHD did great on this lab, and I can't wait to see how this experience translates to other activities in our unit and our unit test.

Sun Oct 09, 2011 1:57 PM
5 Captures Student Interest
I used this resource with my 8th graders last year, and they LOVED it. They were incredibly engaged, and were able to explain bonding among atoms much more effectively after we did this activity. I offered extra credit to students who wanted to write their own version of the play.

Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:02 PM
4 Helpful Resource to Teach Accuracy & Precision
I used this resource in a unit that focused on skills scientists use - including making models, and mathematical skills. The lab was helpful for teaching accuracy and precision. In order to show students how data varies, I had them measure to the nearest tenth of a centimeter rather than the nearest centimeter.