Community Science Fair

Teacher(s): Kara Jones and Mona O’Donnell
Main Contact: Kara Jones Email:
Date: 6/12/12 Building: Godfrey-Lee ECC Grade Level: 2nd – 3rd
Semester: Summer Global Safari


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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Second and third grade students are going to be teaching community members about scientific concepts.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

We will be addressing the need for more scientific foundational knowledge according to district MEAP scores.

What service will you provide to address the need?

The teachers will facilitate the “students as teachers” while they plan, prepare and create lessons for the younger community members. The students themselves will plan the lessons according to interest and the teachers will make sure the necessary materials are available.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

Our science curriculum revolves around exploration and discovery. Teaching others is just another benefit.

What are the educational goals?

• Teach others about scientific processes.
• Follow the scientific investigation plan.
• Lead others through the scientific investigation plan.

Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: 02SCI: (Science Processes)
TLW: Demonstrate an understanding that scientific inquiry and reasoning involves observing, questioning, investigating, recording, and developing solutions to problems by using measurement tools to investigate the natural world. (Gist: Tools of the Scientist)

Strand: 03SCI: (Physical Science)
TLW: Explain the properties of light and sound and how people perceive these forms of energy. (Gist: Light and Sound)

Strand: 03SCI: (Physical Science)
TLW: Describe the motion of objects in terms of speed, direction, and the forces exerted on the object. (Gist: Force and Motion)


Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

S.IA.02.12 – TTW share ideas about science through purposeful conversation.
S.IA.02.12 – TTW communicate and present findings of observations.
S.IP.02.13 – TTW plan and conduct simple investigations.
S.RS.02.11 – TTW demonstrate scientific concepts through various methods.


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

Students will be required to reflect orally and in writing about their scientific goal and how they achieved it. They will discuss whether or not their lesson was successful and why. The reflection will be made in their personal journal.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

The students will create science lessons based around assorted learning styles, so that kids will have a choice based on areas of interest. They will be working with kids of all different abilities and learning styles.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

From start to finish the students will plan, prepare and execute scientific processes of their own design. The teacher is merely the facilitator.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

• Mrs. Jones/ Mrs. O’Donnell
• Kindergarten teachers
• Parents
• Community members
• Experts in the scientific field

How will students benefit from this partnership?

The students will benefit by acting as the scientific expert in their area of study. Younger community members will look up to the students as scientific mentors.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The partners will benefit by learning new scientific concepts and having an older role model to look up to in the future.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

Students will be assessed by accurately demonstrating that they have gone through the scientific process, have learned a new science concept and can demonstrate the scientific concept to others.

How will you assess your service goals?

The service goal will be met when the science fair is completely done, reflections made and lessons reported out to teachers.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Students will execute five weeks of scientific discovery and lesson preparation. During the sixth week they will practice demonstrating their scientific lessons to their peers and teachers on Monday. On Tuesday they will present their scientific lessons to the community. On Wednesday they will reflect on their experiences.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

1. Model the erosion process of land by using dirt and water.
2. Build model bridges to see what shapes make it stronger.
3. Use a prism to demonstrate the separation of colors.



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

Our science fair idea can be used over and over again with different topics chosen by students each new year. The students always choose based on interest so it can be modified at any time.