Raising a Scientist – Scientific Method Worksheets Show the Way

Your child’s first steps in education begin at home, and this is particularly true for science education. A child raised in a science- friendly environment knows that his questions will be answered and encouraged. He learns to think logically and critically, experiments with data, creates models, is asked to explain the steps behind his reasoning and has access to science resources on television and the internet.

All young children are budding scientists –a five year old, for instance, may develop an intense interest in dinosaurs and want to learn everything about them; a 10 year old may be fascinated with astronomy and might be able to rattle off the names of the planets in the Milky Way. As a parent, you want to encourage his interest in science and provide every possible resource to facilitate his learning. So, what are the best resources to spark and satisfy your child’s curiosity in science? Have you considered getting him the scientific method worksheets that are freely available online?

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About Scientific Method Worksheets

The scientific method is a series of steps that scientists use to test and prove or disprove their inferences. Learning to apply the scientific method helps your child understand the subject as well as the world around him better. Your child is introduced to the scientific method in the classroom and through live demonstrations in the laboratory.  Once they understand how to use the scientific method, they need to reinforce their understanding of important concepts with the help of scientific method worksheets and other printables they can use outside the classroom.

Scientific Method Worksheets – How your Child Benefits

  1. Scientific method worksheets are a practical means of reinforcing concepts that may have been only cursorily taught in the classroom.
  2. There are several kinds of worksheets available online; some of them closely examine a single step of the process at a time. You can choose to download and print them for your child.This allows slow learners to understand and practice the topic better, before moving on to the next one.
  3. Scientific method worksheets have long been a favorite of science educators because they offer the right blend of objective information and illustrations of scientific concepts.
  4. Scientific method worksheets can also be used as questionnaires to test how well your child has understood a specific topic. Many of them have relevant questions as well as an answer key to facilitate parents and teachers.
  5. Most worksheets are designed to retain children’s interest in the topic through colorful illustrations, pictures and real world situations.
  6. Scientific method worksheets are usually free and can be downloaded in a jiffy – there are several websites that offer a wide range of worksheets devoted to different science topics and grades.

 

Researchers and teachers have known about the benefits of scientific method worksheets for a long time now. Isn’t it time you checked them out?

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Easy Science Project Ideas for Kindergartners – Science Fair Ideas

Science projects are a great way to get kids to develop an undying interest in science and natural happenings around them. Learning a subject hands-on is an experience that kids will cherish when they grow up. Some of the science project ideas illustrated below will help kids set up their independent stalls at the next science fair and demonstrate their science project with immense pride!

Science project ideas for kids

Floating egg – This is an easy science project that the little kids can take up in their next science fair. Stir in lots of salt in a glass of water and slowly slide an egg into it. Notice how the egg floats and doesn’t sink. Explain the theory of buoyancy and density in very simple words to the kids so that they can narrate it to their audience at the fair.

Mixing water and oil – Add a few drops of color to half a pan of water and pour it into an empty soft drink bottle. Add an equal portion of oil and ask kids to mix it thoroughly. A few seconds later, you will notice the oil floating back to the top. With minimum mess and little involvement from the adults, this science project is sure to excite the little ones! Though water is a highly soluble liquid, it refuses to mix with oil because the latter’s molecules are more attracted to each other making it denser and causing it to float above the water.

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Making Coquina – Moisten a cup of pasta shells. Make sure that you use at least 3 different kinds of pasta. Mix them with white glue and spread them on butter paper to dry and become rocky. There you go! Your kids have their very own homemade coquina! Exhibit these at your kid’s next science fair and watch him thoroughly enjoy the learning process!

Jumping coins – Fill a bowl with cold water. Place the bottle neck and coin into the bowl of water to chill them. Place the coin at the mouth of the bottle. Wrap your hands around the bottle and wait for a few seconds. The air inside the bottle heats up when you hold it tight with your hands. The warm air pushes harder than the cool air outside the bottle which forces the coin to jump up.

Super-saturation of a liquid – This is a science project that your kids would not mind tasting! Dissolve sugar cubes in a glass of cold water. Make sure that you count the number of sugar cubes that you put in. Mix until the cubes do not dissolve further and start settling at the bottom. Repeat the same process with a glass of hot water. Count how many sugar cubes it takes to dissolve completely in the hot water. Explain to kids that dissolving sugar or any other solvent in water depends upon water’s super saturation level.  However, hot water dissolves more sugar cubes because it has faster moving molecules which are spread further apart. With bigger gaps between the molecules in the hot water, more sugar molecules can fit in between.

Make your kindergartner’s next science fair project a memorable one with these simple and easy science project ideas!