Friday, January 25, 2013

Student Designed Experiments

For the last several years, I have been spending January and February helping my students get ready for the school science fair.  One of the other teachers puts together a packet of instructions.  Each teacher has their own process for helping students prepare.

The first year I did this project with my students, someone showed me Science Buddies.  The resources for parents, teachers, and students are fabulous and although they have kits for sale, that isn't their primary focus.

If you are preparing your students for a science fair or just looking for some interesting experiments, I encourage you to visit this site.

This year I redid the graphic organizer I have my students use to plan their experiment and record their results.  My Science Experiment Plan is attached as a Google Doc here.

I set a deadline for the first page so I can approve their plans.  The second page is due when their experiments are complete.  The last due date is for the display board and the oral report.
I would love to hear about how you get students ready for a science fair.

Update: I have created a freebie for my Teachers Pay Teachers Store and my Teacher's Notebook Store that contains the forms I use and some directions.
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  1. Replies
    1. You're welcome. Our science night is February 28. I think we will all be ready.

  2. This looks great! Your students probably really enjoy getting ready for the science fair! =)

    The Resource Room Teacher

    1. The group I have this year is excited about it. They have all sorts of ideas about what they want to do.

  3. This is really helpful. Preparing for science experiments is difficult for me because projects can go in any direction. These sheets help provide focus and direction. I pinned it. Thanks -

    1. Thank you for pinning this. You are right: these projects can go all over the place. I keep asking my students, what are you comparing and what are you measuring?


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