Sensational Science Fair Presentation

Sensational Science Fair Presentation lesson plan

Students present their science fair project so the display is as exciting as the results of their research.

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    Science fairs are a great opportunity to investigate everyday mysteries of the real world. After organizing students in small groups, ask if there are things they’ve always wondered about that could investigated. For one week, challenge students to be especially aware of the world and make a list of questions with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. At the end of the week, the groups will review all questions and choose a topic that interests the group.

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    Each group will collaborate to plan an investigation. A successful science project incorporates research, identification of a scientific question or problem to be solved, an idea or hypothesis about the problem’s solution, experimentation, and a conclusion. Students outline a plan for their science project.

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    When the group is ready to prepare their science fair display, they should be certain to include a layout that illustrates the scientific process.

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    As the group finalizes their display, members should organize their presentation for classmates. In addition to discussion their question and results, students should be prepared to answer questions into team decisions regarding the scientific process.

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Standards

  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Mad Margaret Experiments with the Scientific Method by Eric Braun; How to Think Like a Scientist: Answering Questions by the Scientific Method by Stephen P. Kramer; Investigating the Scientific Method with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by Donald B. Lemke
  • Students work in small groups to discuss the scientific method. Have students re-write the steps of the scientific method in their own words. Students create and illustrate a poster describing the process in their words. Display their posters in the classroom for easy reference.
  • Students generate a list of possible experiments to be investigated using the scientific method. Students may work individually or in teams of two or more to complete the experiments.