Looking for a perfect way to check for student comprehension while also reinforcing the key parts of the scientific method? If so, look no further than this science fair project!
Welcome to the Science Fair!
Skills reinforced by this science fair project:
- Designing and planning an investigation
- Identifying independent & dependent variables, controls groups, constants
- Creating data tables & graphs
- Drawing conclusions from data
- Writing a lab report
This project is broken into four parts that can be completed over about 3 weeks:
Part 1: Plan
Students will determine the question they will investigate and write a hypothesis. They will plan procedures and required materials as well as identifying independent variables, dependent variables, control group, and constants. Students will also predict possible sources of bias and experimental error.
Part 2: Execute
Students will complete their investigation. They will collect data and observations.
Part 3: Conclusions
Students will determine an answer to their question and defend their claim in a CER style response. They will also reflect on ways their experimental procedure could be improved.
Part 4: Report
Students are given the option (or you can choose one for them) to either write a lab report or create a visual display that details all the parts of their investigation. Samples of each are included along with a rubric.
Who is this resource for?
This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9.
This project is compatible with virtual, in person, or hybrid learning styles.
How Can I Use this Project?
- Formative or Summative assessment
- An independent work station in a set of stations
- Differentiation – Assign this project as an alternative assignment
- Extension activity for early finishers or for students who show a special interest in the topic
- Use as a square on a Choice Board
- 43 page digital Student Booklet (divided into 4 parts) File type: Google Slides
- Teacher Tips & Instructions including tips for differentiation and a student checklist
- Sample Student Booklet, Lab Report, & Visual Project
Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color with answer key. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Slide version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.
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