Dear Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents,
I am sure you have been hearing a lot about the Science project and especially our May 4 science fair from your students. I thought I would update you and let you know where students are in the process. To review; all fourth and fifth grade students are doing a science project, and the fair is optional.
The fair will be during school Friday afternoon, May 4. More details as to when families may attend will be decided after we know how many entrants we have. Our judges will be from the Space Dynamics Lab. Project boards will be provided by the school.
Students should already have:
- A Google Slide presentation framed out using the outline they have on Google Drive
- The title
- The research Question
- Their Hypothesis if they are doing an experiment of any kind
Students need at least 3 resources for projects and 5 for fair entrants. They can use various sources, but make sure it is an authoritative source of information. A search will be done on each student’s topic, so help them to understand the importance of original work and giving credit for another’s ideas.
There is an excellent section on sciencebuddies.org for parents. It will help answer the question parents have about how much they should help their students. You might also encourage your students to look at some YouTube videos of elementary students presenting at a science fair. This will help them feel more confident when they are presenting to the judges. They will have their computers, a printed copy of their Google Slides presentation, their project board and any experiment or model. I think having notes on 3X5 cards can help recall information without turning away from judges to view their project board.
Completed Google Slide presentations are due the week of April 23-27 on your student’s science prep day.
Participating in a science fair project may seem like one more thing to a busy family. I hope you do consider the benefits to your student and their younger siblings. It helps them explore any area of science, organize and finish a project, gain confidence in their speaking skills and learn to present themselves in ways that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. I believe it can go a long way toward helping to develop positive identity and love of learning.