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AFTER you've done your research and concluded your experiments, it is time to prepare for the science fair. Ask specific questions about preparing for a science fair, including how to set up your display board, how to prepare a presentation, etc. (Please post questions about selecting a project or conducting your experiment by posting in the appropriate "area of science" forum.)

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more details in Science Class

Postby stem kid » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:02 am

Hi,
This is my first time posting. I'm a parent to a 5th grader who loves Science. He is lucky to have Science everyday at school.
He is very good orally with presentations. He really loves Science and grasps and retains the information well.

How does a student learn to give enough details in anwsers?
Could he ask Who, What, Where, When and Why. Can anyone give guidance and motivation to help my son. I think the he should review the teacher's Rubric/directions before handing in a project and review all teacher comments on work. How does a parent promote this? I would like to know how to help a student provide more details in Science Assignments, Science Note book, Projects and Test Questions.
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Re: more details in Science Class

Postby Amber_MIT » Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:33 pm

This is an interesting question, stem kid. Does this happen because he doesn't read the directions carefully or because he wants to finish the test quickly and doesn't write down enough information?

I think most of us are guilty of this occasionally. Sometimes I still read directions too quickly and miss a couple things! :-). This isn't my area of expertise, but I can try to give some suggestions.

For reading instructions properly:
Since your son is only in 5th grade, does he care about his grades yet? If he does, and he is getting penalized for missing pieces of his projects or not reading instructions, perhaps sit down with him and the teacher and explain to him clearly WHY he is getting points off. If he sees how easy it is to get better grades just by reading the instructions carefully and checking things off, maybe he'll see the importance.

The next time he gets instructions of some kind, sit down with him and read the instructions together. If the criteria isn't listed in a checklist or bullet points, have him write out what he needs to do in checklist format.

As he does the assignment, remind him to check the list occasionally and verify that he is going in the right direction. When he thinks he is done with the assignment, go over the checklist and make sure you can check everything off.

For giving more details:
If the teacher doesn't give a list of criteria, have him talk to the teacher and give specific instructions on what is needed to get a good grade. If it is a project, have your son meet with the teacher regularly to get feedback before the project is due.

You could also have your son brainstorm other details he could add to his answer. If he's good at remembering facts, have him write down everything he remembers that relates to that question. Again, sit down with him and the teacher to see what the teacher is looking for. Is there a pattern to what he leaves out?

At first, he might need your supervision, but hopefully he'll understand the method after a while and be able to do this himself.
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Re: more details in Science Class

Postby stem kid » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:59 pm

Thank you for your insight. I will try your suggestions.
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