Science Fair Resources Tips
Project Ideas for Kids and Teacher Tips for a Successful Science Fair
- Science Fair Student Guide
- Grade K-2 Teacher's Guide
- Grade 3-4 Teacher's Guide
- Grade 5-6 Teacher's Guide
- Science Fair Rubric
Science A-Z's Science Fair Resources foster authentic student inquiry and teach the practices of real scientists and engineers. Various guides and other resources support teachers, students, families, and judges through the process of conducting a science fair.
Each unit in Life, Earth and Space, and Physical Science includes a list of engaging science fair project ideas for kids to consider. Students might choose from these unit-related ideas or become inspired to develop their own research question for an in-class project or for a school- or community-wide science fair.
Why Use Science Fair Resources
Lists of science fair project ideas related to Science A-Z instructional units help you integrate students' science fair projects with what is being studied in class.
In addition to other resources such as Process Activities, Project-Based Learning Packs, and FOCUS Book activities, Science A-Z Science Fair Resources give students opportunities to apply the ideas and concepts they are learning.
As an added benefit, science fairs can be wonderful opportunities to encourage family and community involvement while individualizing instruction for kids in grades K-6.
How to Use Science Fair Resources
Science A-Z's Science Fair resources make participation in a science fair easier for teachers, parents, students, and judges.
- Use the Science Fair Teacher's Guide from each grade range (K-2, 3-4, 5-6) to help you conduct a successful science fair.
- Distribute the Science Fair Student Guide, which includes a letter to parents, and review expectations with students.
- Have students read and consider projects from the appropriate unit's colorful, two-page Science Fair Project Ideas list. Each unit's list offers dozens of great ideas for students to consider.
- Assess or judge student work using the Science Fair Rubric, which, along with the Science Fair Student Guide, sets the expectations for each step of a science fair project, following a commonly used scientific method. The rubric allows teachers and/or judges to score student work on science journals, research papers, display boards, and oral presentations.