Searching for 4th Grade Science Projects

4th_grade_science_projectTrying to find the perfect science project guide for your 4th grader? Thankfully,  the internet is an amazing resource!  But what do you need to look for in a science project guide? First, it’s important to find a project that is challenging, educational, but also age  appropriate and interesting for your student.  Searching the internet allows for the type of focused results that will help you find a science project that balances all of these crucial elements.

You can search for projects with more focused search criteria like their grade level, or the subject matter, once you have decided what type of project your child would like to do. For example, “4th grade science project ideas, chickens.” This should hopefully yield plenty of results. It’s important to narrow your results with criteria like your child’s grade level, age, or a subject matter so that you can be sure you are getting results that will be useful to you.

If your student isn’t exactly sure what subject matter they want to do a project on, it might be smart to browse an online database of 4th grade science projects, like those found at http://www.akronlibrary.org/DBS/SFDB/Default.aspx or http://www.youth.net/nsrc/sci/sci.index.html, which you can look through by grade level or subject area. Databases like these are full of ideas and instructions, and are easier to use than just a simple general search that might bring you to an unreliable site. Another great resource for one-stop 4th grade science project ideas are the free guides found at http://www.middle-school-science-projects.com/guide.pdf.

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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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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!

Get your 1st grade science project ideas, or science projects for 4th graders or kids of any age  today at 24 Hour Science Project!