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Science Fair Research Project!

Name: ______________________________________________

Period: _____

You must have 5 Summaries due Friday, February 5,


2016
Background information on Sources:

Primary Sources provide firsthand knowledge and are sources of raw information (Lunsford 154).
Examples of primary sources include student conducted research, eye witness accounts, charts/
graphs, performances, film, work done in a laboratory setting, in the field or original documents from
the discoverer.
Secondary sources are descriptions or interpretations of primary sources. Examples include books,
articles, lectures, speeches and commentary produced by researchers and scholars to analyze,
interpret, and evaluate primary sources and to construct an argument that supports their thesis.
(DeSena 11-13)

You will probably use secondary sources for a majority of this report.
FYI: I have provided 6 options for you to utilize while completing your science fair research.
Here is what is expected for Friday, February 5, 2016:
1.) Each member of your group must have their own research project. You can use the
same sites, but you must retell the information in your own words. Partner papers
may not be copied from one another. This is a NO-NO!
2.) You must have 5-8 sentences or long bulleted phrases to gain credit for a completed
rough draft.
(6-10 for Honors)
3.) Vocabulary words You will be required to be a master of 10 words by the end of
your project. Please aim to write 5 words for every source so that you have a rich
definition bank to select from when compiling your 10 most important words for your
final draft.
a. If the site you are using provides vocabulary words and definitions, you should
copy them into the vocabulary box.
b. Some sites just provide terms and no definitions. You must look them up.
c. If a site offers no key terms, pay attention to words that are important to know
to be able to understand the topic. If you dont know the meaning of the
word, you should select it as a vocabulary term to define.
4.) You must have 5 completed source reports by Friday. 1 must be the achieve article I
assigned. You are free to choose from Options 2-6 to complete the research. Read
the directions at the top of each option for guidance. You may use an option more
than once(except science 360).
5.) Use your time in class wisely! I am giving you 2 class periods to work on this. Ask
questions if you need help. I will be glad to point you in the right direction!

Science Fair Research Project!


Name: ______________________________________________

Go forth and learn thy science! ~ Mrs. D

Period: _____

Option 1: Achieve 3000 This one must be completed by everyone


Go to Achieve 3000. Pick one of the articles listed below. Read it and take
notes on the most important parts of the reading.
1.) Warming Earth- Changing Rivers
2.) A Warmer World

This is basically a mini-site report that will turn into your final draft.
Long bulleted phrases are fine.
5-8 sentences about this information. (6-10 for honors.)

Vocabulary terms and definitions:

Science Fair Research Project!


Name: ______________________________________________

Period: _____

Option 2A: If you are using science buddies as a source,


this is helpful.
1.) Go to www.sciencebuddies.org/sciencefairprojects/project_ideas.shtml#browseallprojects
2.) Select your project. Push the Background tab for your project.
3.) Read the information. Write a summary of what you learned.

This is basically a mini-site report that will turn into your final draft.
Long bulleted phrases are fine.
5-8 sentences about this information. (6-10 for honors.)

Vocabulary terms and definitions:

Science Fair Research Project!


Name: ______________________________________________

Period: _____

Option 2B:
www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fairprojects/project_ideas.shtml#browseallprojects
1.) Go to the bibliography section of Science Buddies and push the red URL
sites at the bottom of the page. Google sites if none of the science buddy
red URL sites work for you.
2.) You are not allowed to use the wiki sites listed.
3.) Read through each site. Take notes on your findings.
4.) Partners can have the same sites, but their summaries must be written in
their own words.

This is basically a mini-site report that will turn into your final draft.
Long bulleted phrases are fine.
5-8 sentences about this information. (6-10 for honors.)

Vocabulary terms and definitions:

Science Fair Research Project!


Name: ______________________________________________

Period: _____

Option 3: Go to the link


https://student.societyforscience.org/sciencenewsstudents
1.) Put your topic or vocabulary words in the search tab.
2.) Select a reading that is relevant.

This is basically a mini-site report that will turn into your final draft.
Long bulleted phrases are fine.
5-8 sentences about this information. (6-10 for honors.)

Vocabulary terms and definitions

Science Fair Research Project!


Name: ______________________________________________

Period: _____

Option 4: Science 360:


www.science360.gov/series/nsfs-science360-super-science-show/8eb15f2b2d0e-4ea7-94b3-cca2a148dae8
You may use only one video from this site as a resource to learn about your
project.
Select a video that corresponds with your topic. Enter some terms that you
have found from your previous research to guide your search.

This is basically a mini-site report that will turn into your final draft.
Long bulleted phrases are fine.
5-8 sentences about this information. (6-10 for honors.)

Vocabulary terms and definitions

Science Fair Research Project!


Name: ______________________________________________

Period: _____

Option 5: If you are not using Science Buddies and are having
trouble finding resources, here are some sites that may be helpful
to find an article on your topic.
Smithsonian Tween Tribune: http://tweentribune.com/
CNN Student News http://www.cnn.com/studentnews
DOGO news articles http://www.dogonews.com/category/science
PBS News Hour http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/articles/
Nova http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/
Science Daily www.sciencedaily.com
Science-News www.science-news.com

This is basically a mini-site report that will turn into your final draft.
Long bulleted phrases are fine.
5-8 sentences about this information. (6-10 for honors.)

Vocabulary terms and definitions

Science Fair Research Project!


Name: ______________________________________________

Period: _____

Option 6: If you are not using Science Buddies and are having
trouble finding resources, go to Google and type in a specific
question about your topic.
Browse through the sites that pop up. Select the one that relates
most closely to your topic.

Website of your choosing: (Must be approved by Mrs. D as a source)

This is basically a mini-site report that will turn into your final draft.
Long bulleted phrases are fine.
5-8 sentences about this information. (6-10 for honors.)

Vocabulary terms and definitions