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Project Summary: Grades K to 5

(Click here if you need to see the format for a grade 6-12 project report.)

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NOTE: Your paper is due one week before the GPHSF. Check here in January for instructions about submitting your paper.

It is important to have a written explanation of your experiment for others to read, even if it's just one page long. (A parent may write this summary from a young child's dictation.)

Although there is no set format for a K to 5 paper, all of the following should be included:

  1. Project title, your name, and your grade
  2. Question (What was my original question?)
  3. Materials (What materials did I use?)
  4. Procedure (What did I do?) Sometimes a drawing or picture may help show what you did.
  5. Variables
  6. Results (What happened?) Graphs or tables may be included.
  7. Conclusion (What is the answer to my question?)
  8. Bibliography (What books did I use?)

Most K to 5 participants write just a one- or two-sentence answer to each question. (Some fourth and fifth graders sometimes submit "hybrid" reports mandated by their parents -- more complex than this, but not quite everything expected of a sixth grader.) Also, some elementary students submit computer-generated reports, while others hand-write them, both of which are acceptable, but remember that judges must be able to read it; please make it as neat as possible.

Note: Some fourth and fifth graders are eligible for their county science fairs. Such students who plan to compete at the county level should follow guidelines for grades 6 to 12.

More suggestions before you submit your paper.


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Questions? Contact the GPHSF Director. Last modified: 17 November 2019