6th Grade Major Projects
Science Fair - May 31 (Project due in the classroom, May 30)
Science Fair Guidelines
Grades K - 8 (K-2 optional)
What is a science fair project?
A science fair project creates opportunities for direct student involvement with the practice of science. Its primary purpose is to promote scientific thinking and to encourage the use of the scientific method for investigation. The project allows students to investigate personal interests, and provides a forum in which they may present their results. It also allows an investigation of sufficient depth to raise questions for further pursuit. The goal is to stimulate students' curiosity about the world.
The Science Fair Project
A science fair project can approach scientific investigation in a variety of ways. Sixth through eighth graders are required to conduct an experiment.
Experiments are the most familiar type of project. They use the scientific method by stating a problem and proposing a procedure for investigating, recording results, basing conclusions on those results, and reporting them. They must include:
The Scientific Method
• Formulate a question
• Pose a hypothesis
• Develop, write and conduct a procedure, test, or experiment
• Observe and collect data
• Analyze the results
• Clearly communicate the conclusion
Kindergartners through fifth graders may conduct an experiment or choose one of the following:
Demonstrations (K-5 only) allow students to show a certain scientific fact, principle, phenomenon, process, or practical application at work.
Apparatus (K-5 only) used for an experiment or demonstration, may in its own right be the center of a project. Students investigate and explain its origins and modifications or its exact workings.
Collections (K-4 only) may be formed around any type of animal, plant, or mineral specimen. A collection should present a cohesive group of objects that help to fully explain some aspect of science. The objects must be attractively displayed in a systematic fashion and clearly labeled.
Necessary parts for all projects:
1. The research report provides background information on the topic. A bibliography must be included (double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font).
2. The display board provides a setting for titles, introductions, labels, and charts. It can include diagrams, research, photographs, or drawings, etc.
*If an experiment is chosen include the following on the display board: statement of purpose, hypothesis, materials, procedures, observations, results, and conclusions.
3. The exhibit includes student's investigations and provides the viewer with a firsthand look at the project. Collections or experiment materials are set up with sufficient explanatory support to tell a clear and complete story. Organize and set up the display in a logical and attractive manner. Avoid clutter.
4. The journal is a necessary component of every science project. It is a step by step, dated record of each part of the project. Science calls for all data and observations to be recorded in writing. Each student needs to keep his/her own journal.
1. No more than two students may work together. Partner approval is at teacher’s discretion. Each student needs to keep his/her own journal.
2. Every project must have a Topic and Plan Form, journal, research report, and display board.
3. The project must be age appropriate and approved by the teacher.
4. The exhibit is limited to 30 inches deep (front to back), 48 inches wide (side to side), and 108 inches high (top to bottom).
5. The project must be the original work of the student(s). The students must be able to orally explain the project. Although support is given by the teacher, the majority of the work will be completed outside the classroom with age appropriate assistance from parents.
Monday, March 13 Information distributed
Monday, April 3 Topic and Plan Form due
Monday, May 1 Research report due
Tuesday, May 30 Project due in the classroom
Tuesday, May 30 Science project evaluation
Wednesday, May 31 Science Fair evening
Topic and Plan Form Due Monday, April 3, 2017
Name of Scientist and partner’s name if applicable
Grade (s) _______________
Type of Project: (Please circle one)
*Collection (K-4) *Apparatus (K-5)
*Demonstration (K-5) *Experiment (K – 8)
Scientific question to be answered:
Hypothesis for experiment: “If _____ (I do this) ____, then _____ (this) ______ will happen.”
Clear explanation of experiment/ project:
Signature of Scientist
I understand that the project must be the work of the student(s). Any parental assistance must be limited to supporting their efforts. I agree that my child's project will be safe and adequately supervised. For exhibits with animals, humane treatment has been (will be) observed.
Signature of Parent
Name: ____________________________ Date: _____________
Science Project Scoring Sheet
Project title: _______________________________________________
Type of Project:
Collection (K-4) Apparatus (K-5) Demonstration (K-5) Experiment (K-8)
Display/Exhibit (20 points) ____________
Creative and attractive display
Project Content (20 points) ____________
Materials used, procedures
Analysis/summary/conclusion (What did you learn?)
(Experiment only: Followed scientific method)
Organization (logical & complete) (10 points) ____________
Quality of workmanship (10 points) ____________
Grammar and spelling
Research Report (20 points) ____________
Research report (1-2 pages)
Grammar, spelling, and bibliography
Journal (10 points) ____________
Detailed evidence of ongoing progress
Oral Classroom Presentation (10 points) ____________
Evidence of understanding
Total Points (100 points) _____________