This section of the toolkit focuses on the content area of science at various grade levels. We have included project ideas, websites, sample projects and templates for you to create your own projects.
We have included two project learning examples to illustrate how you might plan out your own science project. These examples, as well as blank templates, are available to download below for your convenience.
Each project includes an overview or purpose of the project. We’ve included comments on the overview to highlight some of the important concepts, steps or skills that we’ve discussed in this toolkit and that should be included in your project plan.
Following the overview are detailed project sessions or timeline for completing the project. The timeline is organized by individual after-school sessions. You may need to make adjustments if your time frame differs.
At the elementary level, it is expected that up to one hour of a session may be devoted to homework from the school day so the activities per session are planned for one hour.
For first and second graders, it will be important to break up the hour devoted to the project at appropriate times with activities that help children move and process. For example, students can take seven giant steps, stop, find a partner and tell the partner something about one of the characters in the story.
Finally, relevant resources, worksheets, etc. are provided. These materials will vary by project and may include rubrics, questions for students to answer, websites, recommended reading lists, etc.