Ring School Fourth-Graders Create Projects Around Scientific Method

Ring Elementary School fourth-graders discovered a little bit more about the Scientific Method by creating Science Fair projects. Every fourth-grade student crafted an experiment with topics ranging from “Baseball Bat: Wood or Metal?” to “What draws people to pet stores?” to “Energy from Garbage.” The projects were required to use the Scientific Method and had to include: a hypothesis, a list of procedures and materials used, results (including a graph), and a conclusion. All of the projects were completed at home.

“I created an experiment to see if I could throw a baseball farther with or without a glove,” said Ring Elementary School fourth -grader Phillip Seager. “My testing showed that I can throw farther without a baseball glove. I videotaped my procedure and showed it on an iPad. I like doing projects like this because you actually get to do the experiment instead of just imagining it in your mind, and, it’s also something you are interested in learning about.”

Ring School’s fourth-grade team, Liz Covey, Mark Crandall, Jennifer Hill, Denise Powers and Stephanie Sardi, had previously held “Invention Conventions” that correlated with the curriculum. They developed the Science Fair in order to align with this year’s “Simple Machines” English Language Arts module.

In the “Simple Machines: Force in Motion” module, students spend eight weeks researching and finding out how simple machines (screw, lever, wedge, inclined plane, pulley, wheel and axle) make work easier. They engage in reading, writing, listening, and speaking to build knowledge of simple machines and how they impact force, effort and work. They read informational text and examine extended science text. They also write scientific conclusion statements. Throughout the three-unit module, they conduct experiments for each simple machine practicing how to use the Scientific Method before creating their Science Fair project.

“Completing a hands-on project like this, helps students transfer their learning to a real-life application and internalize their knowledge of simple machines. We are very proud of the students’ efforts to create these wonderful projects,” Sardi said.