Activity Types: Experimental Stories


Getting "Handy" in the classroom with technology integration!

What are Experimental Stories?
Experimental stories present an action in progress and follow the action through the beginning-to-end sequence. This is an excellent tool to demonstrate sequences such as a plant growing, a flower blooming, a volcanoe erupting, a science experiment in progress, or a math sequence.

Advantages for use in the classroom:

  • Excellent center activity
  • Students can create their own and have available in centers for other classmates to use
  • Students can create scrambled sequences by moving the slides out of order and having other students ut the slides back in sequence with the slide sorter function of PowerPoint

Disadvantages for use in the classroom:

  • Students may need guidance or "reviewer" to make sure all steps are explained clearly and completely


View online examples: Diet Coke and Mentos experiment

Experiments on Video

called How the Web Works

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Candace Figg, PhD
Brock University
Faculty of Education, Teacher Education Department
500 Glenridge, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1
(905.688.5550, x5347)

Jenny Burson, EdD
University of Texas at Austin (retired)
Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction