18th November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment
It’s science fair time. Carolina™ Curriculum has designed an activity to help students generate an investigable question and then plan an experiment. Download and use the student activity sheet to guide students through the steps to plan an experiment to answer their question.
Activity: Plan, Do, Record, and Share a Science Fair Project
- Generate an investigable question (student-generated)
- Plan an experiment based on a student-generated question
- Identify what is observed, measured, and recorded in the experiment
- Build a plan to gather evidence to support or negate the hypothesis
- Provide students with the Science Magnifier™ student handbook, KIDS DISCOVER magazine, or other science related literacy materials.
- Title three sheets of chart paper. Chart 1: Project Ideas. Chart 2: Writing Questions. Chart 3: Making a Prediction (Writing a Hypothesis).
- Provide each student with a copy of the following student activity sheets:
Ask a Question, Plan a Project [Student Activity Sheet download PDF]
Keeping a Science Notebook [Keeping a science notebook free download]
1. Ask students to look through books/magazines to see what they find that is interesting. Direct students to look for ideas that might make a good project. Encourage a lively discussion. Consider beginning the activity in teams of 2, 3 or 4 and then moving to a large group format. With the entire group, ask for ideas that may become interesting science fair projects. Record student’s ideas on Chart 1: Project Ideas.
2. Choose one or two of the ideas and guide students to come up with investigable questions related to the topics. Use the questions below to help students identify what makes an investigable question. Record student responses on the chart paper titled Writing Questions. After modifying the question using the class discussion questions below, circle all the questions that are now investigable and suitable for a science project.
Guiding questions might include:
- What are we investigating in this question?
- Can this question be answered yes or no?
- What are we measuring?
- What are we observing?
- Does what we are measuring/observing help answer the question? How?
- How might we change this question to one that can be investigated in our classroom and/or at home?
3. After recording several good questions for investigation, guide students to generate examples of a prediction or hypothesis that might go with the example questions. Guide students to include If ____________ then ______________ because _____________. Record student responses on Chart 3: Making a Prediction (Writing a Hypothesis).
4. Now it is time for students to generate their own investigable question and work on planning their science fair projects. At this point students may work in teams of two and/or independently. Distribute the student activity sheet Ask a Question, Plan a Project. [Student Activity Sheet download PDF]
5. The student sheet Keeping a Science Notebook [Keeping a Science Notebook download PDF] is designed to encourage students to record their project from start to finish in a science notebook.
The Science Magnifier™ includes several sections applicable to planning and doing science projects. See specific pages and topics listed below.
Related Resource: Science Magnifier ™ (YELLOW Dot)Graphic Novel Story, pgs. 2–13: The Observation Deck Pg. 18: Doing the Work of Scientists: What Questions Do Scientists Ask? Pgs. 19–21: Doing the Work of Scientists; Scientific Method Pgs. 22–25: Keeping a Science Notebook Pgs. 26–29: Organizing Data Pgs. 30–33: Working Safely Pgs. 34–37: Science Tools
Related Resource: Science Magnifier™ (BLUE Dot)Graphic Novel Story, pgs. 1–11: I’ve Got A Question Pgs. 16–17: Doing the Work of Scientists; What Do Scientists Do? Pgs. 18–19: Doing the Work of Scientists; Work Like a Scientist Pgs. 20–21: Keeping a Science Notebook; What Is a Science Notebook? Pgs. 22–25: Organizing Data Pgs. 26–29: Working Safely Pgs. 30–31: Science Tools Pg. 359: Studying Science, Internet Safety Pg. 361: Studying Science, examples of charts and diagrams
Don’t forget to share your science fair projects under the contribute tab when you finish. If published, we will send you FREE materials to keep on experimenting!