Upcoming science fair 3rd grade

Ask questions about projects relating to: biology, biochemistry, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology/toxicology, zoology, human behavior, archeology, anthropology, political science, sociology, geology, environmental science, oceanography, seismology, weather, or atmosphere.

Moderators: MelissaB, kgudger, Ray Trent, Moderators

Upcoming science fair 3rd grade

Postby mcii » Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:44 pm

topic is "ice needs room"

challenged to find a testable question Thinking about " does the shape of container affect or prevent water from expanding when frozen? finished project due on 11/19/12 Yikes!

Does any one know of a testable question for ice needs room for 3rd grader?
mcii
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:44 pm
Occupation: parent
Project Question: ice needs room - need a testable question for 3rd grade science fair project. Hubbie and daughter want to ask does shape of container affect or prevent water from expanding when frozen?

Is this a good testable question and if not what would be?

Thanks, Project Due 11/19
Project Due Date: 11/19/12
Project Status: I am conducting my research

Re: Upcoming science fair 3rd grade

Postby FALIYHAN » Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:12 pm

AH HI I KNOW UR NEW HERE AND SO AM I WELL SORTTA I JOINED LAST WEEK ANY WAYS A QUESTION FOR UR PROJECT COULD BE "IS IT NECCESSARY FOR ICE TO HAVE SPACE IN A CONTAINER?" I HOPE THAT GIVES A HINT OR I HOPE ITS A GOOD QUESTION HEY WANT TO BE FRIENDS? :)
FALIYHAN
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:35 pm
Occupation: STUDENT:7TH
Project Question: WHICH STAIN REMOVER WORKS THE BEST ON STAINS
Project Due Date: NOVEMBER 15,2012
Project Status: I am finished with my experiment and analyzing the data

Re: Upcoming science fair 3rd grade

Postby donnahardy2 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:36 pm

Hi,

Welcome to Science Buddies!

This is an really good and original idea for a science project. For a third grader, you want to emphasize how fun it is to do a science project and discover something new.

This is a basic study on density, and here is an explanation of the science of the volume of freezing water.

http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/ ... tyice.html

Also, the Wikipedia article contains good information about the chemistry of water and includes lots of useful information. Encourage your child to become an expert on water chemistry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water

I would recommend reading this information and explaining it to your child to see if your child can understand that ice has a lower density compared to water due to the arrangements of the water molecules. You can add some ice cubes to water and see if your child can explain why the ice floats on the water.

After you have reviewed all of the information together, your child will know that water always expands as it freezes, so might predict that any rigid container completely full of water might break when the water freezes. If you have a variety of small containers with tight lids you can test this and see what happens. Do avoid using any glass containers because they will break.

One problem with this experiment is that there is nothing that is measurable. You could just take before and after pictures (or make drawings by hand) of the containers to show the results. In my opinion, this is perfectly acceptable for a 3rd grade project, however I have noticed that some 3rd grade teachers are now requiring projects with results that can be measured. If this is the case with your child’s project, then use different sized containers of the same basic shape and use a ruler to measure the increase in the height of the ice cube compared to the water. This should give you a number that can be graphed. The volume of the ice cube should be proportional to the volume of water.

Here is the information from this website on the display board for a science project. Be sure and include all of the sections.

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... oard.shtml

Hopefully this will help you survive this year’s science project assignment. Please post again in this topic if you have any more questions.

Donna Hardy
donnahardy2
Expert
 
Posts: 2230
Joined: Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:45 pm


Return to Grades K-5: Life, Earth, and Social Sciences

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest