Preparing for Science Homework Help and Advice

Here are some ideas for ways to give  science homework help to your kids

science homework helpIt is the beginning of the school year and before you know it as a parent you will be asked for science homework help. Science is a little different than other subjects because they are often drawing, projects and have hands on things to do. As they grow older, science tests can be tricky because they often apply knowledge, just not memorize.

 Here are  5 science homework help tips:

Go to Back to school night. This is where you get all the information about science fair projects and any science homework help, tips and advice. It is where you learn what type of project is required, the due dates, and any particular things the science teacher will be looking for.

Buy and gather supplies ahead of time that are often used for science projects and science fairs. This avoids last minute rush and the risk that supplies in the stores are gone. Display boards, paint, clay, colored paper, double edged sticky tape, markers that are not dried up, baby food jars, cardboard boxes, mason jars, and plenty of duct tape are some common examples.

Learn how to help study for science tests. There is a lot of vocabulary to memorize, steps to procedures (how test for acid/base), and sequences (like how the digestive system works). Leaning how to drill these kind of thing to prepare for a test will be a big help. These things need to be down pat so when taking the test they have it ready to use for the “thinking” questions.

Show interest in the science units and encourage them to talk about what they are learning or let them explain things to you. You can find some fun science experiments on your own to do at home that go with the topic. The more they use the science vocabulary on their own, the better the chance of remembering it later on!

You will notice that science homework help does not include parents stepping in and doing some of the work for them!  But with science it is often the case that the kids will need you to be a partner, to help them do their work the best they can. Always encourage them to do their best.

Get in the practice of marking due dates on the calendar. This may help avoid the stress of running around at the last minute getting supplies and making display boards.

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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!

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…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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Quick and Easy Science Fair Projects Random Thoughts

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If You Only Listened To Me……   Science could have been fun, and quick and easy science fair projects  could have made the difference!

There is a big push in education today on boosting math and science curriculum in our schools in the United States.  It is a big wake up call for this country as the stats show that we are falling behind many other countries.  the president has made this an important  issue as well.  I keep saying, if you only listened to me , we wouldn’t be in this mess!

Recently I have  become more tuned in to the science side of education and the benefit of quick and easy science fair projects.  Do not get me wrong,  as a teacher  and then as a parent I was actively involved in science.  In fact it was the Science Fairs at my school in my first years of teaching that first sparked my interest and when I realized if they had just listened to me  as a student and in the years since then there would not be this big problem today.

When I was growing up, Science was the most hated subject on Earth, and I kid you not.  We had big heavy text books, we had to outline chapters and answer questions at the end of the chapter.  Every once and awhile we did something fun, like draw the solar system, or plant beans  in a glass with brown paper towels and collect rocks and leaves.  My grades on science tests were generally poor which made me hate the class even more.  There was no connection between science and every day life.

At the same time, my parents were good at giving us those fun experiences, we cooked, we planted gardens,  we went to museums and when we got involved in Scouts it went even further with all the fun activities you did for badges.  Any time I would say, “This is fun,” my parents would sigh and say, “Darling, this is science.”  Then I would ask why they could not make science in school as fun.  If they had only listened to me…..

It really was not until High School Chemistry I lucked out and had a great teacher, who saw me as a challenge to see my grades could be as good in his class as they were every where else.  In fact he tried to do that with all the students and had a way of teaching the abstract and showing how the effect on every day life.   Now I am not saying high school chemistry should be all fun and games and full of fun activities, but I am saying with a better foundation, you could hit that class and it would not have to be as stressful as it is for most kids.  At least your attitude would be better.

When I saw my first Science Fair at my school as a teacher, I kept saying why don’t all schools do this?  Each kid had their own  project, most would  fall into the quick and easy science fair projects category as they were doing a lot of this on their own,  and the Reading Teachers ( that would be me) helped their students  with the write ups, posters and set up.  Our school was a multi-sensory education pioneer back in the day, so it was second nature to us.  I learned more “science” from helping these students than I ever did in school.  If they had only listened to me…

Now, here is where it gets tricky and I am still shaking my head.  Where we lived  it happened that they changed the science curriculum to a more hands on, no formal textbook just as our eldest child hit first grade.  At that point I was thinking, Wow! They DID listen to me.  There were many quick and easy science fair projects done throughout the year, that taught science and also the scientific method.   But guess what?  That was 25 years ago, and we are still suffering from a lag in science knowledge and background.   For my kids there was a definite line of demarcation when they hit middle school.  They tried to make it hands on but the textbooks,  tests and traditional science teaching snuck back in.  By the time you hit high school you either were a science geek and took the advanced classes or just took what you needed to graduate.

I do not know what the answer is, these are just my random thoughts, but  I have been saying for years the disconnect comes between science and real life.  The more you see and use science in your life, and KNOW that is what you are doing, the better off you should be.   Solar and wind power, ecology, gardening,  automobile engines and cooking are all science and part of what we do each day.  Don’t even get me started  on how important the human body is in both science and in real life and the number of kids who do not get it!

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