1/27/19 - Mandatory Science Projects are due February 21 - March 1.
IMPORTANT-Please read ALL of the following information below very carefully.
The Science Project is a required assignment in my class (we won't be doing missions). I have many books full of science projects that the students have looked through to find a project that interested him/her. Most of the class picked their science project this way. If your child selected a science experiment/project from one of my books, then I sent home a copy of the instructions with a list of needed materials for that project with your child on Friday (Jan. 25th). Your child was also free to find something on their own as long as it's an actual experiment, and not just a demonstration (as in the ever popular volcano demonstration, which is not allowed). All students must obtain my approval before starting any project so that they don't waste time on an unacceptable project. Several students selected a project this way by finding their project online, or somewhere else. They submitted a proposal, and I approved it. I gave them the paper with their proposal and my approval written on it. These students will have to find their own directions and material lists.
We have been looking online at example science boards in class, and I have been teaching the class all about what a science project is, and what they need to do to complete it. I went over the lime green PTA Science Project instruction packet with the class on the overhead word-by-word, and page-by-page, until we completed all of it. A copy of this instruction packet went home last week, and I posted a copy of it on this page. Just scroll below to see the PTA Science Project packet and click on "Download File".
You will need to supply your child with a science board in order to display their project and present it to our class. You can purchase a science board from most major office supply, department, or craft stores (check http://www.sundaysaver.com/ for current deals); or you can use a large, clean piece of cardboard that you have covered, or painted, and scored for neat tri-folds.
The projects will be DUE February 21 - March 1 (extensions will be permitted for valid circumstances). Science Projects must be brought to the classroom to be presented to the class and graded BEFORE going on to the Science Fair. Your child is NOT required to display their project in the Science Fair, which will be on Friday, February 22nd, but the science project is required as a science grade in my class. It will carry a majority of the science grade for 3rd trimester, so if your child does not do a project, then s/he will receive a failing grade in science for 3rd trimester. Therefore, please be sure that your child completes the project, and turns it in on time.
This is a project that will require parent help and supervision. Please do NOT allow your child to start the project on the last week. These projects are complicated (though not necessarily difficult) and will take some time to complete (some much more than others).
I learned first-hand that a science project can be a fun and educational project that you can share with your child. This is a great family bonding experience; so have fun, enjoy learning, and enjoy spending dedicated time with your child on this project. :)
Added Note: I had a parent ask me a really good question that I thought others of you might have as well. She wanted to know if her child needed to do the experiment when presenting it to the class, and what the general procedure was. The answer is, no, your child will not be doing the experiment in class. Students will simply use, and refer to, their Science Project boards as they explain about their project to the class. Students that took pictures during their experiment process for their boards can also supply duplicates, or additional pictures, that I can display for the class (you can send me hard copy pictures, or electronic pictures, as I have devices to do either option on my large screen for the entire class to see). But, the pictures are a bonus and are not required. onus and is not required.
Just below is the lime green PTA Science Project packet.
Just click on "Download File" to open it.
Just click on "Download File" to open it.
Below are chapters of information to help you and your child complete a science project. Each chapter has the title listed to make it easier for you to find just what you're looking for.