In school, students worked to complete their Research Paper. We used the Steps to Research and followed a unit I wrote which teaches how to write a 5-paragraph research essay. For the Science Experiment, I set students up for success at home by creating a syllabus to follow. I mapped out the tasks that needed to be completed over a month's time in order to have their project ready for today. I also modeled following the syllabus and completed each task in the classroom with my own science experiment.
Today, we set up my classroom as an exhibit of all of their projects. At each of their "stations", students had their tri-fold board to show their experiment and their research paper. Guests were invited to walk around and speak with students about their projects and talk about what they learned.
Getting feedback from staff about how well my students did today was amazing! One teacher thought that I had told the kids to talk about the data they collected and their graphs, but I had not! I definitely spent a lot of time teaching about data - how to collect it, which graph would be best to use and how to actually make each type of graph, but I hadn't told students what part of their experiment to focus on during their discussions with guests. I was so proud to hear that they were able to speak intelligently (and by choice!) about their data from their experiment (among other things)! I was also super proud of the research they did while completing their experiment. One of my students was telling me about how Newtons 2nd Law was the reason her hypothesis was proven wrong! That was so inspiring!