What our Science Fair Preparation lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Science Fair Preparation explores the process of creating a project for the science fair. Students will learn how to choose a topic, conduct research on that topic, and design their project. They will discover the importance of the scientific method in developing their projects. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.
Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. For this lesson, you will need to collect materials for the mini project for the activity.
Options for Lesson
You can check out the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page for additional suggestions for ideas and activities to incorporate into the lesson. A couple ideas relate to the activity portion. One idea is to let students work alone or in groups for the activity, rather than in pairs. You could also allow students to come up with their own idea for the activity. Another fun idea is to plan a mini–science fair project or experiment as a class. Invite a scientist to speak with the class about the similarities between the work and research they do professionally and a science fair project. One more option is to plan an evening for parents and students prior to the science fair project assignment and present this lesson to them.
The paragraph on this page gives you a little more information on the lesson overall and describes what you may want to focus your teaching on. It explains that the goal of this lesson is to make preparing for a science project fun and stress free. The blank lines are available for you to write out any thoughts or ideas you have as you prepare.
SCIENCE FAIR PREPARATION LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS
The Science Fair Preparation lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will help students solidify their grasp of the material they learned throughout the lesson. You can refer to the classroom procedure guidelines to know when to hand out each worksheet.
Worksheet Answer Keys
If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.