Science Research Project        - 100 pts                        Name:

Quarter 1 - Quarter 3

Your assignment is to complete a research guide, write a research report (paper), and create a PowerPoint presentation as part of your Science Fair project. This research project is a requirement for both my class and your science class. Your report and presentation should relate to your problem statement. YOU ARE NOT DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIMENT. You are doing a report and presentation on information that relates to the science in your experiment. The following will guide you through your project and provide the requirements you need to include.

Quarter 4

Your assignment is to complete a research guide, write a research report (paper), and create a PowerPoint presentation. You can decide on what you want to research, but I need to approve your topic before you begin. The following will guide you through your project and provide the requirements you need to include.

Remember to combine your own thoughts and ideas with the research you find. You are not an expert. You need enough research to write an informative and correct paper. However, you only need to use a small piece from a source to count it.

REQUIREMENTS

- Research Guide - 30 pts

.. Search Strategy

.. Organizing research

.. Evaluate sources

- Research Paper/Report - 40 pts (30 pts paper & 10 pts works cited)

Rubric for Assessing Student Writing of 7th Grade Science Project Research Paper

Exemplary (4)

Accomplished (3)

Developing (2)

Beginning (1 –0 )

Clarity of Central Idea and Coherent Focus

Is related to the assigned topic and has a central idea that is clearly expressed, and it does not describe your actual experiment.  

Is related to the assigned topic and has a central idea, and it does not describe your actual experiment.  

 

Is some what related to the assigned topic and has a central idea.  

Not related to the topic and only describes the experiment.  

Organization

Has a clear beginning, middle, and end and consists of 4 paragraphs.  The paper follows the formatting paper guidelines.  

Has a beginning, middle, and end, and consists of 3 paragraphs.  The paper follows the formatting paper guidelines.  

Has a beginning, middle, and end, and consists of 2 paragraphs.  The paper some what follows the formatting paper guidelines.  

Has a beginning, middle, and end, and consists of 1 paragraph. The paper does not follows the formatting paper guidelines.  

 

Detailed Support, Ideas, and Voice

The writer's personality is clear, well developed with supporting details, and uses appropriate vocabulary

The writer’s personality is somewhat shown, includes supporting details, and some conversational vocabulary

Uses some supporting details and conversational vocabulary.

Has some supporting details and uses informal or conversational vocabulary not appropriate to the topic.

Grammar

Demonstrates complete sentences, word usage, and punctuation.

Demonstrates complete sentences, word usage, and punctuation. May contain minor errors, but they do not detract from the overall quality of the composition.

May have errors in sentence formation, usage, and punctuation, but they do not detract from the overall quality of the composition.

May have many errors in sentence formation, usage, and punctuation, but they do detract from the overall quality of the composition.

Works Cited

Paper includes 4 sources, properly cited using EasyBib, including: 1 Book, 1 ELM, and 2 Web

Paper includes 3 sources, properly cited using EasyBib, from a few of the following: 1 Book, 1 ELM, and 2 Web

Paper includes 2 sources, cited using EasyBib, from a few of the following: 1 Book, 1 ELM, and 2 Web

Paper includes 1 sources, cited using EasyBib, from a few of the following: 1 Book, 1 ELM, and 2 Web

Plagiarism

Paper is written in your own words and not copied from a source, uses proper quotations, summarizing, and paraphrasing.

Paper is written in your own words and not copied from a source, uses mostly proper quotations, summarizing, and paraphrasing.

Paper is written in your own words and not copied from a source, and has some mistakes in quotations, summarizing, and paraphrasing.

Paper is written in your own words and not copied from a source and has mistakes in quotations, summarizing, and paraphrasing.

- Rough Draft - 10 pts

This is usually checked at the beginning of the week the paper is due.

- PowerPoint Presentation - 20 pts

.. What is your research project about and what do you hope to learn

.. 7 Slide minimum

.. The first slide should be a title slide with the title of your research project and your name

.. Each slide should have info about your research project

.. 5 Pictures minimum

.. Check spelling and grammar

A Note About Plagiarism

Your research paper and presentation must be IN YOUR OWN WORDS. If you use information from a source you need to paraphrase, summarize, or quote the information. You need to give credit to the author or source. Tell me where you got the information. Plagiarism is very serious and can be a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy. You will receive 0 points on the written portion of your project if you plagiarize.

Example Paper: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_sample_research_paper.pdf