Science Fair Preparation


The lesson helps prepare students for the annual science fair or science day at their school.  Often, the preparation for the science fair could become stressful for student, teachers, and parents; but it does not have to be.  The science fair should be a fun event, even with the competition, the fair must become a learning opportunity for all involved, including visitors to the fair.  The Internet has an abundant of resources to help with the fair, and this lesson is just the starting point for the adventure.  It is recommended teachers use the additional resources or other sites for outlines, suggestions, or other printables for science fair needs.

Science Fair Preparation Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Science Fair Preparation
  • Hands-on homework activities on Science Fair Preparation
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Help your students prepare for the annual science fair and keep the event from becoming stressful for students, parents, and teachers alike.  Students are reminded that science fairs are a learning experience as well as being a fun event. The lesson walks your students through the process for coming up with a hypothesis and determining a way to test that hypothesis.  The lesson wraps up with guidelines for making an effective science fair poster and presentation.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students: What would you like to learn the most about in the world around you? What interests you the most about life?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. How do people learn about the world and everything in it?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the upcoming science fair to the students, ask students to begin thinking about things they would like to learn more about, how things work, and more.  Introduce Science Fair Preparation.
  4. Distribute Science Fair Preparation content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Display a completed display board to students as an example.  Use additional examples for the steps of a science fair project.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  This is a mini-Science Fair.  Share some information about a topic with the class, and then conduct related experiment for the class to watch, or students may conduct the experiment themselves.  Either way, the students will answer each of the related questions.
  6. Once completed, review and discuss the students’ responses to the questions (will vary). Ask students about problems they had, or problems that could have occurred, and other details and aspects science fairs.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Students correct false statements.
  9. In closing, ask students: What are looking forward to the most about the science fair? Why?  What are you looking forward to the least?  Why? 
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Some students may respond negatively regarding the planning, research, or work involved, but remind students the entire project is a learning experience not just for school or a grade, but for many other reasons and purposes.    

Common Core State Standards: 


Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 3 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

Want more science resources? Check out our other Science Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade



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