“Living Things” Science Projects

by Matt on January 28, 2009

in Projects, Science

Planning your science projects

In class we are on week two of a large project.  

Last week the students were divided into groups of 5 or 6 and given a series of products they need to create.  Some of these products involve computers and video cameras, some involve music, art, drama or photography.  All the projects involve many, many skills.  I have listed a few of the skills below:

  1. Researching information from a variety of sources
  2. Note-taking
  3. Citing sources and
  4. Learning about and abiding by copyright laws
  5. Researching on the internet
  6. Exploring what sites can be trusted as a quality source of information and which ones to watch out for
  7. Summarizing
  8. Creating storyboards
  9. Collaborating and discussion with a group
  10. Dividing tasks among group members
  11. Being responsible for a key part of a larger project
  12. Working under the pressure of a deadline
  13. Teaching and presenting information in front of peers and younger students

The final due date of this project is February 20, 2009.  The students will then have a week to practice teaching with the materials they created.  Student groups will then probably go into a few first grade and third grade rooms and teach the students the material they have been learning about.

Photosynthesis

  1. Create a song, poem, chant, demonstration (think the “Strawberry Milkshake” demonstration from Hidden Villa), or dramatization that teaches the concept and process of photosynthesis.
  2. Create an interactive “velcro poster” that you can use to teach and review this process with students. (think “Mud Lab” at Don Edwards)
  3. Create a mini-book that explains the process of photosynthesis.

Food Web

Using the biome/ecosystem that your teacher assigns your group:

  1. Create a slideshow that introduces your biome and the organisms in your food web.
  2. Create “Food Chains in Plain English” (thanks CommonCraft) style video that demonstrates what a food chain is (using example organisms from your food web).  This video slideshow needs to show the movement of energy from Producer to Consumer to Decomposer.
  3. Create an interactive “velcro poster” or (clay) model of your food web that students can use to practice making a food web.  This poster should have the same organisms that your slideshow and video have.
  4. Learn (and be able to teach) a game that teaches how organisms in an ecosystem relate to each other and effect each other (cause and effect).

Endangered Species

  1. Identify an endangered specie in your biome.
  2. Research this organism (plant or animal) and why it is endangered.
  3. Create a Public Service Campaign that tells others why it is endangered, the impact its extinction will have on the biome, and what people can do to help save this particular endangered specie.  This campaign must include a 30 second PSA (Public Service Announcement) and poster that can be printed and distributed.
  4. In the PSA you must show the organism, show and describe its habitat, explain why its endangered, and share steps we can take to help it (stop littering, write a letter, etc.)

Science Project Outline.pdf

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