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What to Expect From Science Fair Projects for 4th Graders

We have tips for your science fair projects for 4th graders….

science fair projects for 4th gradersWhen your child gets to fourth grade, they will probably be doing their first full fledged science fair project, on their own, so the search for great science fair projects for 4th graders will soon be on. The keys to a science fair project is following the steps to the scientific method and then making a scientific display board with the results.

In the younger grades, when they did a group project or one the teacher sent home to do as well as with in-class experiments, they have been gradually teaching what each of their steps involve. This will be the first time they are all on their own. Even though they may have done experiments in school and gone through all the steps, it is different when they do it at home. (One of the reason why parents turn into a homework help and advice roll!)

Here are some things to look for in science fair project for 4th graders

  1. The project will be independent, but the teacher should work check on points to the schedule, where different steps are “due”, so it is really important to get those on the calendar. This will prevent going way off track or in the total wrong direction.
  2. Your child will be writing their own a hypothesis for the first time . Th hard part is getting it down to one variable, the first attempts may be too broad.
  3. Another thing that becomes important is exact data collection with multiple trials  Using  charts and graphs in fourth grade science fair projects will be a big part of this.
  4. This should be a quick and easy project. If you are teaching how to do a project with no help from parents, then the project has to be easy to do. Over a weekend is perfect, enough time to do the project on one day and the write ups and display on the next.
  5. If the teacher sends home a list with suggestions, pay attention to them, they are speaking from experience. Sometimes they have pre-approved certain websites to use for research or even project choices. If you don’t like any of the choices they send home, look at how the project is organized and use that as a guide when you look on your own.
  6. If the teacher did not create one for you, sit with your child and make a check list, based on the directions. That way you talk through the whole thing, but when they do it, they can be totally on their own.
  7. The display board becomes part of the grade, and has certain things that must be there. So a checklist for the display board is just as important as for the project for any science fair project for 4th graders.

We have a free “The Non-Scientist Parents’ Guide to a Science Project”  that should be a big help to any parent of a 4th grader. This will give you enough background to have answers for you kids without having to get too involved!  Just Click here for the free download.

 

At 24 hour science fair projects  got started creating our science fair projects for fourth graders as a family of four sons each hit their first science fairs.  As we they went through the search process, they ended up creating their own projects that followed the science teachr’s guidelines but were something the boys could get into.  As  they boys grew older they saw how they could be adapted to each grade level, and of course they ended up creating more!

So for five quick and easy science fair projects for 4th graders and up, you can go directly to 24 hour science fair projects now, with this link!

 

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