Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Science Fair

Science fair is almost upon us, and we have been working tirelessly in both science and communication arts classes to prepare for this event. The science fair is on February 23rd, and because of our district calendar we only have 5 class days left until our projects are due, so needless to say we are scrambling.

Their project is composed of three different parts:
1) An abstract about their science fair project
2) A display board including the scientific method they used on their project
3) A short question and answer session with a judge

We have been practicing all three categories for the past several weeks. Below are two videos of interviews that I conducted with my students. I asked the students simple questions including "explain your experiment", "why is this experiment important?" and "how can people use this information?"

Find more videos like this on Mr. McClung's Class

Find more videos like this on Mr. McClung's Class

We have also been creating mock display board. We are making these boards by creating a downscale version of our big display boards on a piece of construction paper.

For the third phase of their fair projects, students are currently working on preparing a rough draft of their abstract for their project. We will post these as soon as they are done.

Mr. McClung


julie said...

BRAVO, Mr. McClung!! I love that you are teaching your sixth graders the process of true science fair projects!!! I sincerely hope that teachers across the nation read your blog and follow your example.
Thank you for documenting your students' progress. Here is the link to our free experiment library, in case you have a few students still looking for project ideas: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiments/ I can't wait to see your post on the final projects!!

jkmcclung said...

Thanks for the kind words and the link, This next week will be our last week of preperation for science fair, I will be posting more progress next week.