The student is expected to communicate valid conclusions supported by data in writing, by drawing pictures, and through verbal discussion.
The student uses scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations.
Teaching the Science Process Skills: Longwood University (PDF) – This article explains that students have to communicate clearly and effectively if they are going to share their observations with the class.
Creating and Exhibiting a Display: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston (PDF) – This section of a science fair guide provides tips for students presenting scientific data on a display board.
Swing and Sway: Young Scientist Challenge (PDF) –An open ended project that challenges students to address the problem of creating a structure resistant to wind. This activity was a prompt for a past online contest but the activity is still valid and engaging. Students presented their results with a video submission, which could still be done as an in-class activity.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Break the Tension, A Water Experiment: Education.com (website) - Students experiment with surface tension in water, and then communicate their conclusions verbally and in writing.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
How to Deliver a Good Oral Presentation: Discovery Education (website) - Tips for students (and their teachers) to overcome the natural apprehension of public speaking and deliver strong oral presentations.
Evaluation Rubric for Science Presentations: Tempe Union High School District (website) - Use this rubric to score students’ oral, written or poster presentations.
Oral Presentation Rubric: rubistar (website) - Complete rubric including 8 categories at 4 levels.
A+Projects: Winning Experiments for Science Fair. Vancleave, Janice (ISBN-13: 978-0471331025)
What’s the Plan? Designing Your Experiment. Hyde, Natalie (ISBN-13: 978-0778751540)
Communication and Leadership: BioEd Online (videos) - View three videos, by expert Tracy Volz, PhD, to strengthen presentation and professional relations skills.
Science Notebooks in K12 Classrooms: Science Notebooks (website) - Examples of student work from science notebooks, guidance to incorporate science notebooks into your class activities, and strategies to integrate all content areas using notebooks.