A Kinder-Science Fairby: Angélica Torres and Debbye Vitti

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A science fair might be the last thing you think of when planning a kindergarten science curriculum, but the authors found it to be the perfect avenue for teaching their students science-process skills. Here they share their steps in teaching science-process skills and assembling student projects in a kindergarten classroom throughout the year. The studies culminated in the year-end science fair, an event that involved parents and gave students a chance to demonstrate their developing communication skills.

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  • on Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:39 AM

Students in a kindergarten class spend a whole year learning about what a scientists does and scientific process skills which culminates in a science fair to integrate their learning with a culminating activity. This article includes a thorough chart that describes the science process skill and the science fair station that included a description of the presentation and materials needed. There is a time-line as well as a copy of a parent-child handbook for practicing science process skills at home.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:08 PM

This article describes how a teacher and a graduate student created a science fair for kindergarteners. They made it simple and fun for the students to learn science and how to present it to their parents. This article presents all kinds of materials to help a primary teacher do a science fair with young students.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:26 PM

The authors provide details of their year of inquiry science with students and how they helped students work though each step of the process. This article is an incredible resource if you would like to propose a similar activity in your classroom or school. Everything from concepts and assessment structure to the timing of family night is covered in this well written piece.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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