Creating Memories with Fun Science Projects

measurewaterI know what you are thinking. Third grade science projects with water means stress, mess, and LOTS of cleanup. But planning and preparing science projects doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be fun, informative, and (most importantly) it means you get to create special memories with your child!

Think back to some of your favorite memories between you and your parents. Was it playing catch or baking cookies? Fun and easy science projects can turn a school requirement into a happy memory that they will remember for years to come. After all, your child will soon be off to his or her first job, so savor the time you have together now. So, relax, get a little wet, and enjoy a fun science experiment together!

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Fast Science Projects and the Future

fast science projectsSearching for a fast fourth grade science project might seem like a rote requirement just to get through the school year, but think about it. The amount of science and technology used in our society can be overwhelming. Who would have dreamed of something called “the internet” in the 1970’s? But because of that huge technological leap, countless other innovations were made possible!

So where does the next big invention start? Believe it or not, it starts at your child’s local science fair. Now you may think “What does a fourth grade science project about electricity have to do with the next big innovation,” but without learning the basics of science, it is impossible for the next generation to maintain and add to the super structure of technology.

But don’t worry! Science fair projects might be the first stepping stone of the future, but that doesn’t mean that have to be over your head. Fast science projects are a great way to build a love of science in your child without causing you to pull your hair out! So sit back, relax, and watch your future scientist have fun!

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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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Alternative Ideas for a School Project- It Doesn’t Have To Be a Science Fair

What about an”Interest Fair” as alternative ideas for a school project?

 

ideas for a school projectSome schools are gravitating to an Interest Fair instead of a science fair. What teachers have realized is the steps to researching a topic fall in line with the steps to the scientific method, so the topic for an Interest Fair does not have to be science. But uses all the same science investigation steps and ideas for a school project headed to a science fair.

  • Topics can be hobbies like sports or music, you could look into food, sewing, yarn, video games, or famous people. There will always be science things too like fish and bugs and ecology stuff because kids are naturally interested in those things.
  • Kids will still follow the same steps, they come up with a question and make a prediction about their topic. What do they already know, what do the wonder, why predictions can they make. Some times you create an experiment, Which yarn makes the softest scarf? What subject did Peyton Manning study in college? What is the difference in the sound of acoustic and electric instrument? Then then will need to so some research into the topic and write a report. In some cases a sample will be part of the display, other times there will be photos. In the end you will make an awesome display board that will have to show all the steps you took to look deeper into your interest.
  • The advantage of this is that it gives kids who excel in other areas other than science a chance to shine and get excited about something they are interested in. The other advantage it is cross curricular so the librarian and language arts teachers get more involved. You have lots of choices of ideas for a school project this way, not just science.
  • What this really would fall under is a research type of science fair, that will have some elements of experimenting or demonstrating, but focuses on the research steps. You break a topic up into teaching pieces, study it, analyze it and often find the answer to your question, or prove or disprove your predictions.

You will find you do this stuff all the time when your kids are home during holiday vacations, you look into things they are interested in. Kids will get ideas from each other and be able to use them in future fairs.

It might be a good thing to alternate between a science fair one year and an interest fair the next.   There are things about science that really can be made clear with a science experiment and using the scientific method in an investigation is an important skill, so I would never get rid of a science fair! Really, there just are never ending great ideas for a school project, no matter what the subject is!

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1st Grade Science Projects

1st Grade science projects can be the seeds for even greater science projects for 4th graders

1st grade science projectsI’ve been thinking a lot about 1st grade science projects and what can be done at that level to make things easier for science projects for 4th graders,  when kids are sent off to do a project on their own.

So I started keeping an eye out for tidbits on the subject…

I ran across an interesting article that caught my attention since the title was  “A Science Fair Makeover in Your School Library!”  Well you can imagine the pictures that went through my head of a library with exploding volcanoes, or mice in mazes or a worm farm so I couldn’t help but wondering what this librarian was thinking!

Once I got into the article, I realized they were emphasizing the importance of the librarian in any school level science fair project that follows the accepted educational standards for both library science and science teachers.

What section in any elementary school library is where your 1st graders gravitate to? It is the science section! They love books on bugs, animals, outer space, rockets, sea creatures, weather and all of that.

  • When it comes to supporting your data with research, where is the most logical place for kids to go? The library of course.
  • One of the largest collections a libraries science section is science fair ideas.
  • Now beyond all of that, the library is also one of the largest rooms in a school. It also has build in counter tops and table that are perfect for  display boards and you don’t have to fight with the Phys Ed teacher about taking up their gym.
  • Read the full article that goes into great detail on how to partner with the librarian for the science fair here.

So the article got me thinking more about First Grade.

Mostly a 1st grade science project is based on a theme, and you also want them to learn early on how research is a key element. The librarian as a partner from beginning to end, will help with surveying the literature, they can help focus their attention to one area, they can even teach kids how to take an idea an turn it into a good science question. Then there they would be again, to either help the child look for an appropriate project, or work with the teacher to find a list of books or online project in their theme and is designed for a 1st grader to do. They would work ahead of time to create a display of research support books, as well asd websites the kids can use for their facts.

I somehow think  1st grade science projects that followed some great  ideas for making a project look good from their school  librarian could be really cool! Not to mention how excited 1st graders can be about showing off anything they do!

Get your free copy of “The Non-Scientist Parents’ Guide to a Science Project” that goes into great detail on how to make a great display board. You can download right now through this link.

…and those 4th graders?

It looks like you really can build some good habits, and have some fun along the ways so science projects for 4th graders might go more smoothly and independently, not to mention the friendly librarian there to help them along the way. You will get some really great display boards by then!

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