Middle School Modifications
Middle school chemistry classrooms can function very much like those in high school, even without dedicated lab stations. Simple household materials and safe kitchen chemicals can be used to foster inquiry, gather data, interpret results, and explore phenomena.
Middleschoolchemistry.com provides a comprehensive curriculum with videos, simulations, demonstrations, and labs that are age appropriate.
Many resources are available for planning student-centered laboratory instruction. The Chemical Education Xchange regularly publishes blog posts by teachers about activities they are doing with their students; AACT has a library of resources to pull from as well as a quarterly periodical written by chemistry teachers about what they practice in their classrooms; most science supply companies, including Flinn Scientific, Carolina Biological, Sargent Welch, and others, have many lab and demonstration materials available for purchase; ACS publishes a variety of chemical demonstration books; and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers many resources about lab investigations in the chemistry classroom.