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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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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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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The Holiday One Day Science Project

Often times holidays that are not December holidays, come and go and no special mention is made of them. All the kids know is either they are off school, or there is no mail that day. Creating simple activities to do around all the holidays throughout the year is a way to make note of the day. A common thing to do is some craft project, or themed baking. Why not try one day science projects that center on something you associate with the holiday? This will give the children a hands-on fun activity to do, and help create positive interest in science as a way to observe the world around you.

Here are some random thoughts to show how easy it is to hook one day science fair projects to the holidays.

Valentines Day- You think about red and chocolate. A project that figures out how much red food coloring is needed to bake a red heart cookie that ends up being red and not pink, will hardly seem like science. Doing something with chocolate should always be a hit, like seeing if there is a difference between how long milk chocolate and dark chocolate takes to melt.

St Patrick’s Day- Of course you think green. So use the green theme and do a simple environment kind of experiment. You might try a blind fold experiment to see if people really can tell the difference between Green Eggs and Ham and regular ones.

Mother’s Day and Fathers Day- For one could be a longer than one day science projects since it is the beginning of the growing season. Plant a variety of seeds and compare the results on Fathers Day. Plant annuals some with and some without fertilizer and compare the difference on Fathers Day.

As you can see, the holiday becomes the jump start for a fun or even silly idea to explore. Fourth of July brings comparing home made burgers to store bought, Halloween can test out all kinds of gross and gooey substances to use as props for costumes, and Thanksgiving could include a test to see how best to make sweet potatoes not taste like a vegetable.

The idea is to make simple one day science fair projects a part of everyday life, and not something just for science class. This will also teach kids that science is everywhere and a healthy curiosity about science means you are aware of the world around you.

Here is a link to a great digital resource for simple, easy to follow 24 hour science projects, weekend projects and demonstration projects. Often these digital products cost less than what you would pay for a pizza. Go to my Blog!
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You could also try using some fun math games.
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My name is Sue Gnagy Fegan and I used a structured, sequential multisensory teaching approach for the past 34 years. I saw first hand the benefits of engaging students in productive, hands on activities to make learning more meaningful and more fun.

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You Can Use Fun Science Projects For School Vacations!

Fun Science Fair Projects might solve the “boredom” problem during the next school vacation

 

It always happens, when kid are on break from school. boredom sets in.  They won’t admit it, but it is true!  No matter if it is the  ten days for  the December holidays ,  a long weekend,  spring break or  summer vacation,  there will be a time when they say “I’m bored!”  Reading a book or during chores is a great boredom buster, but having something different for them to do like fun science projects give you variety.

Actually it is a good thing when kids get  bored and have to figure out something to do.  We tend to run the risk of overbooking our kids, so downtime  at home is important.  It won’t hurt to have some fun activities around so kids can find them on their own when bored.

Yes, it is true vacation means having a vaction!  But you don’t need to let that brain turn into mush either. Fun hands-on projects that happen to make you think and maybe even learn something  still give  kids a break and will  the brain cells moving.

Many families  start early and make doing different hands on activities with their kids part of their  routine,  so adding some one day science fair projects for kids will just blend into the mix.  Here is how to do it:

  • From  kindergarten on always have something fun ready for them to do over the long weekends and vacations. Sometimes you will get to it, other times not, but it is still there.
  • Find a project you can  download that was written by teachers uses the basic steps of the scientific method and have then ready on your computer. you might even check and see if there are materials you need to gather so you  have them around if needed.
  • As they grow older, have projects for their age available, but let them choose which one they feel like doing that day.

Over time, as long as you have  projects on hand, they will naturally head that direction when boredom blues arrive. Often these digital products cost less than what you would pay for a pizza.  They can be used when a friend sleeps over, or to fill up a rainy day.  When they really come in handy is when you need a last minute home science projects for those times you procrastinate or they “forget” to tell you about it!

Looking for fun Science Projects  for your next break? Look no further!