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Keywords: experiment, hypothesis, scientific method, demonstration, research, topic, purpose, variable, procedure, result, conclusion
Subject(s): Biology, Art, Robotics, Social Skills, Technology, Science, Life Science, Special Needs, Writing, History, Earth Science, Reading, Physics, English/Language Arts
Grades 5 through 9
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Richard Allen- Hamilton, hamilton, OH
Planned By: Kathy Hampton
Original Author: Kathy Hampton, hamilton
Lesson Procedure:
1.Play Brain Pop Science Projects Movie Movie for the class.
2.Discuss with students about what makes a good science project. And help them to identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation.
3. Remind students that the best projects are those that the project's creator is highly interested in.
4. Provide time for students to thoroughly and carefully review the list of science and health topics covered on Brain Pop
5. Have students make a list of 10 projects they find interesting.
6. Discuss with student what makes a good science fair experiment. Expose students to key vocabulary terms and specific project guidelines.
7.Have students circle 5 topics that they believe they could develop into a complete and realistic experiment view online resources. (https://student.societyforscience.org/rules-all-projects)
Examples of strong science fair project questions include:
1.How does ___ affect ___?
2. What is the effect of ___ on ___?
3. Which ___ is most/least ___?
4. Which ___ does/makes ___ the best/the strongest/the weakest?
8. In small groups discuss with students as a small team to help them narrow down their options and select the best question to research for their projects.
9. Have students make a list of needed supplies and how they will be used by drawing a model.
10.Allow students to present their projects to the class.
11. Evaluate their projects by having students write a summary of
1. what worked
2. what did not work
3. what they would do different.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
Grade: 01
With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Grade: 11-12
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Grade: 11-12
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
Grade: 02
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
Science Fair with report on results.
Materials: Mobile Labs, DVD Camcorder, DVD/VCR Players, Elementary, Art Tools, CDs and DVDs, Hard Drives, Printers, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, LCD Monitors, Keyboards, Mice, Literacy, Writing, Cause and Effect
Other Items: 30 Variety of Science materials bags, $15 each, total of $450.00
Wood Sticks, glue, paper, small motors, wheels, balloons, old dvd/cd