Use this task card set and peer evaluation sheets to help your students practice presenting their science projects before the fair! You could also use these cards and sheets to help your students create posters instead of lab reports in your science classes.
I used to teach an independent science research class in high school. In this class, each student had to complete an experiment, write a paper about it, create a poster, and present it at the local and often regional science fairs. Each project had to have an actual experiment the student had completed at home, at school, or in a lab.
I created this task card set and these evaluation sheets to help my students prepare for science fair judges and the tough questions they ask! I have all of my students together for an evening (I normally saw them one at a time at different times throughout the week). This evening, I have them go around and evaluate each other’s posters. They make suggestions for improving and they end up helping each other a lot!
This set of questions first includes 20 questions that are based solely on the poster. These questions should be completed without the student researcher standing next to the poster because they are solely based on the poster’s appearance. All of the students can move about the room with a task card in hand and comment on the evaluation sheet next to the poster after viewing the poster. You could have one student evaluate the whole poster or have students only evaluate each poster in one area with 1 task card and move the students and task cards about the room until each poster has a comment in each blank. Normally at the science fair, posters are looked at by the judges beforehand and the posters must by themselves display clear information about the experiment that was performed.
Then, this set includes 20 more questions (21-40) that are meant to be asked and answered orally. These questions are based on my experience as a researcher and as a science fair observer. They are meant to really check whether the researcher knows what he or she was doing and whether they really understood their experiment. I have half of my students stand at their posters for 20 minutes and the other half do the questioning. Then they switch roles so that each researcher has a chance to be both fair participant and judge.
The task cards make it easy for you to change up how you do your own science fair practice sessions! You could also use them as a sort of poster-quiz and select at random which card you evaluate each poster on.
20 Task Cards for Poster Evalution (4 per page)
20 Task Cards for Oral Presentation Evaluation (4 per page)
2 sided Poster Evaluation Peer Comment Sheet
2 sided Oral Presentation Peer Comment Sheet
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