Normally, 4th grade students tend to be very energetic since it suits their age. However, their bubbly attitude slightly affects their concentration. Children under this age group are always curious and want to predict, observe, and infer the things taught on science. Experiments or school activities immediately register in the minds of the youngsters, which are good teaching ideas. Because of this, most schools are conducting projects, where all the science ones are displayed.
Some students make some explanation on their projects, as others only observe these and eventually learn. Teaching the kids through play method is an effective way in their learning curve.
Here are some projects that are suited for their age bracket:
They may want to find out how salt can cause the density of water to increase. Put 4-5 tablespoonfuls of salt in one glass of water. Stir it well and put an egg to float on this. Add a little amount of lukewarm water and observe as the egg. Using flour or sugar in the water will make the egg sink.
A project can also be about identifying the type of water that is good for plants which can be done by putting pots with a few seeds. To experiment, one pot is watered with rain water, and the other with tap water. After seven weeks, check the growth of plants; the pot that is watered with rain water is better.
Another possible project is to find out which environment works best for plants. Prepare three pots, and put each of them with sand, soil, and gravel, and put some seeds in it. Water them regularly and create a graph. You will notice that the seeds in a pot with soil grow the maximum.
The students can be taught to classify mammals. The type of mammals can be introduced to them as well as the roles of the fur and fat of some animals especially those that live in cold areas. As a requirement in fair projects, the children can be assigned to cut and paste images of mammals as well as their resting place.
Furthermore, a sunflower house project can also be included in the project. Start by drawing a square on the ground and put sunflower seeds but leave ample space between these seeds in the entire perimeter and remember to provide a small space at the front for the door. When the sunflower plants start to grow an inch, place the bean seeds near each sunflower plant, encircling them. As the beans grow, they will climb up the stalks of the sunflower and all these will make a perfect playhouse for the kids while they learn to classify the characteristics of trees, flower plants, shrubs, etc.
It is important that children under this age bracket should be provided with simple but interesting projects. Instilling discipline and keeping them occupied will make the teachers’ job a lot easier since the students are motivated to learn more and appreciate schooling.