Plan-Develop-Display-Present Science Projects

Teaching Tip of the Month

This month's Teaching Tip comes from Plan-Develop-Display-Present Science Projects.

Parent Information

Participation in a science project provides exciting and challenging learning experiences for students. It allows them to investigate a problem of interest and to share their enthusiasm and results with others. Students are naturally curious and tend to ask questions like, "Why does that work?" and "How does that work?" The science project gives students an opportunity to identify an interesting problem and a chance to carry out an investigation to solve it. While doing their investigative projects, students build self-esteem and self-confidence. They gain knowledge, and they develop science process and critical-thinking skills. These skills and this knowledge will help them identify and creatively solve daily problems, as well as live more comfortably and successfully in a changing world.

The following helpful and positive actions will be most appreciated by your child and by the teacher:

  1. Encourage your child to participate in the science project.
  2. Express interest and provide support to your child throughout the duration of the project.
  3. Offer to take your child to libraries, computer labs, or other places to obtain information for his or her science project.
  4. Help your child obtain materials needed for the project.
  5. Read and discuss pages 11-18 of The Science-Investigation Model with your child.
  6. Emphasize science safety to your child throughout the investigative project.
  7. Encourage your child to complete the project on time.
  8. Assist, if necessary, in transporting the project to and from school. (Have your child write his or her name on all project parts.)
  9. Contact your child's teacher if you have any questions about the project.
  10. Praise your child for his or her effort and accomplishment at the completion of the project.

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