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  • 1. Science Fair Projects
  • 2. Timeline
    Class projects begin September 2011
    Class Projects end October 20, 2011
    October 20, 2011:
    *Class Science projects displayed by room doors in the hall (or assigned spot if room is not in building) by 9:00 am
    *9:00 am so 5th grade students critique and classify projects
    *Whole school” class walk through immediately after lunch following lunch schedule
    * At 6:00pm Science Night:
    Backboards on sale $ 5.00
    October 20, 2011:
    Individual Student Projects are starting (booklets go home)
    December 5 , 2011:
    Individual projects are due and are presented to classmates, 3 top projects (experiments) are selected in each homeroom class and sent to cafeteria
    December 9, 2011:
    Starting at 8:45 am class room top scientists go to Cafeteria to present projects to judges. Classes eat in rooms to allow judges to be thorough.
    6:00 pm category winners and three top winners are announced, trophies awarded.
  • 3. Project Booklets/Backboards
    Backboards: sign list if you need one
    Project Booklet sign list if you need one
    Please re-examine your “re-cycled projects that you put out year after year (What type is it?/DOK???????????????)
    Student’s backboards $ 5.00
    Free booklets to each student
  • 4. Experiments
    Experiments involve higher levels of DOK
    Examples of levels and types of projects are on Slides that follow:
    Grading Scale:
    Experiments are 4’s (A)
    Demo of Principles are 3’s (B)
    Consumer Reports/Opinion Surveys are 2’s (C)
    Reports/Models 1’s (D)
  • 5. Depth of Knowledge Level 1Recall and Reproduction
    Recall of information
    Use a simple procedure
    Perform a simple Science Process or Procedure
  • 6. Skills and Concepts/Basic Reasoning (DOK 2)
    Content Knowledge and process involved is more complex than level1
    Tasks typically require more than one step in order to respond
  • 7. Strategic Thinking/Complex Reasoning (DOK 3)
    Cognitive Demands are complex and abstract
    Tasks have multiple steps
    Responses require more demanding reasoning
    Responses require justification
  • 8. Extended Thinking/Reasoning (DOK level 4)
    Tasks have high cognitive demands
    Require students to make several connections
    Often require an extended period of time for carrying out multiple steps
    Many, but not all, are performance assessments and open ended assessment activities
  • 9. Types of Projects
    Report glued to a backboard
    A Model
    Consumer Report (or Opinion Survey)
    Demonstration of a Scientific Principle
  • 10. Report Glued to a Backboard
    Does water cause Erosion?
    Hypothesis: Water will cause Erosion
    Pictures/data from internet
    Pie pan with sand, spray bottle with water to serve as a visual aid to simulate what the internet pictures show
  • 11. Model
    How do Windmills Work?
    Hypothesis: Windmills can use the wind to make Mechanical Energy
    Windmill out of Lego blocks and gears
    Paragraph/pictures about windmills of the world
  • 12. Consumer Report/Opinion Survey
    What flavor “Nerds” do elementary students prefer?
    Hypothesis: Most kids like “grape” best
    Everyone in class picks flavor and researcher charts/graphs outcomes
    Conclusion either supports or rejects hypothesis
  • 13. Demonstration of a Scientific Principle
    What Causes Rainbows?
    Hypothesis: Light gets broken into its spectrum when travelling through a prism.
    Backboard with great pictures from inter net about rainbows.
    Pictures of student at home using prisms to make rainbows glued on board in lieu of data
  • 14. Experiment
    What causes my car sickness when I read in the car?
    Hypothesis: the “fly-by” outside the car window affects my nausea while reading
    Student times how long he can read before getting car sick daily in the car for a week on the way home from school
    Repeats the experiment for a week after wearing a shoulder box that blocks out the window “fly-by”
    Repeats trials for 2 more weeks with and without block to collect data
    Conclusion meaningful/solves problem
  • 15. Indicators For Actual Experiments
    Personally meaningful problem/question
    Out of the box not run of the mill (seen a hundred of those over the years)
    Data are being collected over time
    Has application to real life
    (Addresses one of the SSS in Science not social studies content etc.)
  • 16. Hazards/no-nos
    Experiments involving the growth of mold, bacteria, and other hazardous materials
    Experimental “creatures” whose life quality suffers due to variable (treatment) of experiment or results in death (must be a “Fair Test”)
    Chemicals or electricity other than from a low power battery at the presentation
  • 17. Science Project Proposal
    My title stated as a question:
    My Hypothesis stated as :
    If_________ then_______________ statement.
    I will collect data from my project the following way:______________________________
    The one thing I’ll change (my variable)
    Control Group ___________________________