Easy and Exciting Ideas
The use of simple materials found inside your house and the application of easy to follow processes can already make interesting fifth grade projects for your child. Through this, your child will have lesser chance of being discouraged to deal with complicated tools and procedures that can lead him to leave the project half-finished.
In order to make an exceptional project, there is no need for you to go to such lengths as spending a lot of money to buy complex and possibly harmful materials due to their chemical substances. Your child’s teacher may also discourage you to buy those since they are putting high emphasis on safety especially in science class.
In fact, your child can utilize a lot of equipment available in your home. For instance, he can make use of the measuring cups and spoons, pans and pots, and ladles depending on the project. The project can be done in their own home or at the school laboratory. If your child starts the project in your home, you can encourage other members of the family to participate. It will make things easier and a lot more fun for your child and he will be encouraged to finish his project. But remember that your child must have a greater share of work in accomplishing the project in order to learn.
Your role as a parent is to encourage and guide your child as he tries to finish his task. Your child may be curious on a lot of things, so it is important that you are always there to answer his questions and satisfy his curiosity. You will notice that some of his questions are answered by demonstrating the use of simple materials.
Though the process may be simple, it is still important to follow the scientific method in doing the project. Your child will learn the step-by-step scientific process this way, which in turn, will prepare him to explain the results well including the relevance of his study to the topic.
In addition, the scientific process does not involve rigid rules. The students are allowed to be more flexible in doing the process; there are certain limits though because objective study or observation is necessary to come up with good results. This, however, will meet the purpose of making it more fun and easy.
For instance, in an experiment on how to grow Venus flytraps, the whole process can be cut down by limiting the number of variables, making only one hypothesis, and shorten the period of data gathering to only a few days.
Through the project, your child will be more encouraged to accomplish his task if you are always there to assist him. Allow your child to learn more by answering his questions through demonstrations and by making use of simple materials and adopting easy-to-follow processes.