ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK
Planning Your Science Fair
What is a Science Fair Project?
The Steps of the Scientific Method
Doing Your Science
- Your Topic
- Getting Ready for Your
- Do the Experiment
- Put the Results in Order
- Write a Formal Report
- Making Your Backboard
- How My Teacher May Help
- How My Parents May Help
PLANNING YOUR SCIENCE
The Scientific Method
- The scientific method is one way to solve problems.
- Scientists use this method because its step by step pattern
and giving of facts is easy for others to understand.
WHAT IS A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT?
- A good science fair project is a way of finding out about
something you want to know more about.
- During your experiments, you write a DIARY or
JOURNAL about what is happening.
- This diary or journal is called a LOG
- After you finish the experiments, you will write a FORMAL
REPORT about what you have done.
- Finally you will make a DISPLAY of your work.
ALWAYS WRITE EVERYTHING
YOU DO IN YOUR LOGBOOK
THE STEPS OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
1. QUESTION or PROBLEM
- This introduces your topic in a statement that will tell
others what you are trying to understand.
- Think of some science question you want to answer.
- Or think or something in science you want to find more
(Write the question or problem
in your logbook.)
- Read about your topic.
- Then make a good guess about what you think will happen
when you work with your problem or question.
(Write the hypothesis in
3. EXPERIMENTAL PLAN
- Write down the steps you will use to find out about your
question or problem.
- Find ways to test your hypothesis.
- Include any measurements you will be making.
- Include the materials you will be using.
(Write the plan in your logbook.)
(Write in your logbook
all the data or information.)
- Put your data from the experiment in an order that helps
you understand what has happened.
- Make a bar graph, line graph or pie graph to show what
(Write all your results in
- Explain how you arrived at your conclusions.
- Do the results of your experiments support your hypothesis?
- Explain how the results support your hypothesis.
- Or explain how the results DO NOT support your
- YOUR EXPERIMENT IS NOT A FAILURE JUST BECAUSE THE
RESULTS DO NOT AGREE WITH YOUR HYPOTHESIS!
(Write your conclusions in
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© 1998 by Dennis D. Winkle
Last Revision - 6/12/98