Students learn to research, read, write, think, and speak like a scientist in this six-part project by Hoop There It Is.
Students select possible topics based on the ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) categories and develop a list of search terms. Then they use databases to find an academic journal article about a peer-reviewed scientific study. Students work closely with the teacher to read and annotate the article; define technical vocabulary in their own words; and summarize the study's purpose, procedures, results, and applications in writing and in a verbal presentation to the class.
Step-by-step guidelines for students plus journal article resources, summary questions, and rubrics are included.
This project allows teachers to differentiate based on student interest or ability level and offer enrichment to advanced learners. It can be used develop or reinforce scientific reading and writing skills, and it offers a tie-in to Science Fair.
This project addresses Common Core reading, writing, and speaking skills for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.