Science Projects. Elementary School teachers almost always require students to do at least one science project before they finish the fifth grade. Elementary science projects are easy to find, but finding the right project for your child can be a challenge. Here are five hints to help you find the best project for your grade school child.
1. Find out what type of project your science teacher requires. There are many types of projects, and most elementary schools give a range of choices. Does your teacher want an experiment, a demonstration, a collection, a report, or a model? Knowing what kind of project you need will narrow down your choices considerably.
2. Make a list of things that interest your child. What subjects catch your child's eye on television or in books – space, animals, buildings, computers, explosions? Does your child need instant gratification? Consider a chemistry experiment with dramatic results, such as "Which Fruit has the Most Vitamin C?" Is your child concerned about the environment? Find out which toilet tissue is most biodegradable, or which type of insulation works best.
3. Set your budget for money – and time. If you don't have a lot of money to invest, and if your time is limited, there is no need to look at anything that requires special metals to be imported from the Far East. Decide on how much cash you're willing to spend, and create a generous time line for getting supplies. Keep in mind that you have to actually do the project after the supplies arrive.
4. Keep in mind that this is a science project for elementary school. Don't choose a project with complicated instructions. You want your child to do the project with your help – and not the other way around.
5. Provide four or five science project choices. Ever notice how it takes longer to decide on an ice cream flavor when there are 31 flavors? Give your elementary school child a limited list of science project choices, and you'll both be happier.