|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School
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To the teacher:
Although this book is intended as a guide for your students, NSTA has you covered as well! Science Fair Warm-Up, Teachers Guide: Learning the Practice of Scientists provides all of the information you need to guide your students through the activities included in this book.
To the student:
Have you ever entered a science fair or carried out a real scientific investigation? Now is your chance!
Science Fair Warm-Up, Grades 5–8 provides you with the opportunity to choose a great science project. For instance, you might carry out experiments about the best designs for paper helicopters or the best ways to prevent rusting, among other possibilities. If you prefer, you can select an inquiry of your own and even work with a partner.
As you work on your project, your teacher will give you help along the way. Together you will explore problems other students have encountered—problems of designing and carrying out experiments, collecting and making sense of your findings, and sharing and displaying what you have learned.
As you follow in the footsteps of scientists, you will learn about the ways in which scientists carry out scientific research and begin to understand how they have uncovered so much about how our universe works.
|Intended User Role:||Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Chapter 1: Starting Points
* Paper Helicopters
* What Makes Seeds Grow?
* Check Rust
* What Makes Sow Bugs Move?
* Bouncing Balls
** Louis Braille’s Invention
** Archimedes’ Screw
** Electric Cells
** The Right Nail for the Right Job
** Suffocating Candles
*** Women Can! Men Can’t!
*** Smoking Chimneys
*** Acid Rain and Pollution
*** Life on the Moon
*** Falling Leaves
Chapter 2: An Overview of the Nature of Scientific Inquiry
* Beginner Scientists and Experienced Scientists
Chapter 3: Science Without Numbers
* Wondering Why
Chapter 4: The Numbers Game
* Learning to Play the Numbers Game
Chapter 5: Variables and Their Control
* Being Fair
Chapter 6: Experiment Design
* Getting Experiments to Work: Repeatability
Chapter 7: Sources of Error
* Taking the Average
Chapter 8: Making Sense of Your Results
* Charting Your Data
Chapter 9: Explanations
* Looking for Patterns and Trends: Generalizing
Chapter 10: Sharing Your Findings
* Displaying Your Project
Chapter 11: Judging Projects
* Checking Quality
Chapter 12: Generating Ideas for Projects
* Ideas From Previous Science Fairs
Appendix A. Science Fair Project Judging Criteria
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