Introductory activities: maybe use to get pupils thinking about scientific process:
I plan to introduce scientific process in Week One, pupils to then choose their investigation, materials gathered for the start of Week 2 - with on-going record keeping for Weeks 2-4 and the final write up happening at the start of Week 5. So I have looked for quick investigations where results should be showing in the time-frame - I have also selected ideas that flow on nicely from our Term 2 inquiry about our solar system, as well as any that could be related to the Science Fair special theme of 'Living in a Cooling World'...
Pupils will work in groups of 2 or 3 and can choose from any of the ideas below (which are from Science Buddies which has a huge range of fantastic investigation ideas):
- Is It Getting Hot in Here? - temperature/greenhouse gases - Ben and Jonas
- How Salty Does the Sea Have to Be? - floating an egg Jennifer and Caity
- Is the Soup Ready? - measure the amount of water dried beans can absorb
- Shaking for Butter - which temperature works best? Nikka and Anthony #1
- Mag-nificent Breakfast Cereals - how much iron is in your cereal? Coebie and Damien
- How Greasy Are Your Chips? - measuring the fat content of potato chips
- Bigger is Better - how much baking powder do muffins need? Kim and BJ
- Growing, Growing, Gone! - the use of nitrogen fertilizers on plants Nikka and Anthony #2
- Radiant Radish Seeds - how much heat can a seed take?
- Which Way Up? - how does gravity affect plant root growth?
- Do Plants Need Soil? - a simply hydroponics investigation
- Home Sweet Biome - which environment is best for plants? Dylan and Brayden
- Recycling Grey Water - do the plants like it? Brock and JM
- All Packed Up - how does packaging affect the storage of fruit?
- Can House Colour Reduce Energy Bills? - how colour attracts heat Keegan and Logan
** background info can be found via the link on the Inquiry page of our classroom blog - scroll down to see the Science Fair heading and select the links for the appropriate investigation/theme!