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Name ______________________ January 2, 2008

Mrs. Tand

Science Experiment: Tri-fold Display Board

Congratulations! Your experiment should be complete by now and you are ready to begin planning your tri-fold display board for your final project. Your tri-fold board is the place where all of your information from your experiment will be displayed. You should buy a tri-fold board from Staples, Office Max, or Wal-Mart now.

You will be working on the display board at home. We will be doing a sample board together in class for the tin boat experiment so you know how to set it up. Please do not start gluing at home until AFTER we have done this lesson together. Your display board is due on February 6th. If you are participating in the Science Discovery Fair at Berner on February 2nd your project must be complete by then.

If you are able to use a computer to type up your sections, that is the best way to do this. If you can't use a computer, use your neatest handwriting (script) and the pages with the headings at the end of this packet to help you. This packet has ALL the information that you need to make a GREAT display board. Please read it with an adult carefully (and completely!). This is all available at also.

Checklist for Tri-fold Display Board

Put a checkmark in the box next to each section after you have typed or written the information neatly and proofread it. If you completed your homework on time each week you should be able to put a check mark in every row under "First Draft Complete!" Remember CUPS!

Section Catchy Title & Your Name Scientific Question Research Hypothesis Procedure Abstract Observations/Data Conclusion Works Cited

First Draft Complete

Final Copy Ready

Uh-oh! I forgot what to include in this section!!

If you are confused about what to include for each section, please see the related handout that you received in class. Otherwise, here is a quick summary of what to include. Your board must have each of these sections on it. If you completed your homework on time, you already have a first draft of the information for most of them!

1. Catchy Title · Think of an interesting title for your project. Make sure you put your name here also! Scientific Question · What was the scientific question you were trying to answer? Research · Write 2 paragraphs telling people what you learned about your topic. If you were trying to teach a friend about your topic, what would you tell them? For example, if your experiment was on magnets, you will write 2 paragraphs about what you read about magnets. If your experiment was on electricity, your Research paragraphs will be on electricity. Hypothesis · What was your educated guess about what would happen in your experiment? Procedure · Write out the step by step instructions to your experiment so a friend could go home and do the experiment. Abstract · An abstract is a short summary of the project and includes the highlights of your experiment. It is approximately 2 -3 paragraphs long. Here is our abstract from the tin boat experiment: "I conducted this experiment to see if the shape of a tin foil changed how many pennies the boat could hold while floating in water. I used two tin foil boats that I built myself. I made one boat round and the other boat square. My hypothesis

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was that the square boat would hold more pennies because it was bigger than the round boat. I filled a tub with water and then put the boats in the water, one at a time. I tested the square boat first. Once I put it in the water I gently put one penny in at a time until the boat sank. After the boat sank I wrote down how many pennies it held in my Observations chart. Then I followed the same steps for the round boat. The results of my experiment were that the square boat held more pennies. My hypothesis was correct. I believe this happened because I was able to spread the pennies out on the floor more in the square boat than the round boat. I learned a lot from this experiment. My results make sense because in real life most boats are long rectangles or ovals and not round." Observations · We weren't at home with you doing your experiment so you need to show us what happened at home. This is where you would record your data in a graph or table. If you took any photos, this is where they would go. Remember to label everything clearly. Conclusion · Was your hypothesis correct? What happened in your experiment? Why do you think this happened? Can you make an experiment to world connection? Your conclusion should be about 1-2 paragraphs long. Works Cited · A Works Cited lists all the books that you used during your research. This is important to have on your Science Project board in case one of your teachers wants to know exactly where you got your information from. You each got the form on how to do this from Mrs. Lee or Mrs. Dorfman in Library and also from Mrs. Tand on the back of your Research handout. · You should have at least 2 books listed in your Works Cited. · When you write a Works Cited the list of books should be in alphabetical order by the authors' last names.

Helpful Hints

· Neatness counts! · If you can type your sections up, please do! If you can't, please use your best handwriting. · If you have photos or sketches, please write captions so your audience knows what is going on. · Make sure you edit your work before you glue. Remember CUPS! · Make your tri-fold board as attractive as you can. Each white piece of paper should be mounted on construction paper. · If you are typing up your sections, make sure you use a font that is easy to read and big enough to read from far away. · Plan out your whole board BEFORE you glue anything. Do not glue anything until you are 110% sure that you like how it looks and all your information is correct.

Sample Science Projects

These are examples of other students' science experiment display boards. Look at them to help you get an idea of how you might decorate your tri-fold board.


If you do not have a computer to use, you can use the next few pages to write your information on. You can cut the page to make it smaller if you don't fill the whole page up.

Scientific Question

R e se a r c h

H y p o t he s i s

P r oc e d u r e

A b st r a c t


C on c l u si on

W o r k s Ci t e d


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