The student is expected to communicate valid, oral, and written results supported by data.
The student uses scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations.
Scientific Communication, Peer Review: Visionlearning (website) - Detailed explanation of the process, purpose and importance of peer review for journal articles, grant submissions and other professional documents created by scientists. Includes references for further reading and links to related learning modules.
Scientific Communication: Scitable (website) - Wealth of information, appropriate for all levels of teachers and students, about creating successful oral, written and poster presentations.
Sun Smarts: Young Scientist Challenge (PDF) - Students to play the role of a scientist researching UV radiation, seeking to determine its impact on individuals and society, and using data to communicate findings and strategies to protect ourselves from harmful UV radiation. This activity was a prompt for a past online contest, but it is engaging and appropriate for this TEK.
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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) - Many students (and adults) find it nerve-wracking, even frightening, to give a public presentation. This article provides guidelines for student science fair presentations, but the broad tips provided can help students (and teachers) to give successful, confident verbal presentations in any setting.
Science Presentation Evaluation Rubric: Tempe Union (AZ) 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 (video) - View three videos, by expert Tracy Volz, PhD, to strengthen presentation and professional relations skills: Dynamite PPT Design; Planning and Preparing for a Leadership Presentation; and Enhancing Your Leadership Presence.
Science Notebooks in K-12 Classrooms: Science Notebooks.org (website) - Science notebooks can improve students’ science understanding, while also enhancing their reading, writing, mathematics and communications skills. This site provides examples of student work from science notebooks and tips for using science notebooks in your class.