By the time they do their fifth grade science projects, most students will already have entered the science fair. Projects done in the lower grades may have had somewhat lenient standards, but more is expected of a fifth grader. Here’s a quick parent’s guide to helping kids in grade five to have success as they head to the fair.
1. Have them choose the right kind of project. Most of the time, you’ll have to do an experiment that follows the scientific method – also known as an investigatory project. Collections, models, and even demonstrations are usually not accepted in sometimes not accepted in elementary school science fairs.
2. Make sure your child is interested in their science project topic. If he or she likes what they are doing, they’ll learn more. And that learning will be reflected in the final project. Teachers – and science fair judges – love that!
3. Have your CHILD do the project. This should go without saying, but I get emails all the time asking for a project that has all the answers already. Teachers will recognize a plagiarized project. They’ll also know if a parent did all the work.
4. Include all required elements. Experiment logs, charts, graphs, supply lists and even photographs are often part of the judging at the science fair. Make sure that you follow the directions exactly.
5. Provide supplies for an attractive science board. Be neat. Use bright colors, attractive fonts, interesting props, and clear pictures. Think of a catchy title so you’re science project will get noticed.
5th grade science projects provide one more chance for your child to become more interested in science. It also gives one more chance to learn – before all the middle school science fair projects roll around!