1st Grade Science Projects

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

It's your first year of school, and that means you need some ideas for a science project. This article will give you a list of project plans that you can use, or that might inspire you to think of your own.

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Before you pick out a project idea, think about what kind of science you like reading about or studying. Do you like biology, or the human body? How about weather, or astronomy? If you can't choose one, you can check out Study.com's Science for Kids course and find out what part of science you like the best. Once you do, you'll have an easier time picking out a project.

Collecting Leaves

Pick up a leaf the next time you are outside. What is it shaped like? How big was the tree it fell from? Many different kinds of trees all grow very close to each other, and they all produce leaves with unique patterns. Have someone help you collect a bunch of different kinds of leaves from around your neighborhood (on the ground and from trees) and record what you see about the leaves, like the size and color.

Soda and Mentos

If you have space outside of your classroom, your classmates will love this one! All you need is a pack of Mentos candy and a two-liter bottle of soda. Have your classmates all stand a good distance away from your material. When you are ready, drop a few tablets into the opened bottle, and quickly get away. Your class will get quite a show when the Mentos tablets work their magic on the soda!

Solar Energy

Have you ever wondered how powerful the sun's energy is? Get two empty twenty-ounce bottles, and paint one black while making the other one white. Now you can fill them both up with water, and on a sunny day, leave them outside for about twenty minutes. What can you tell about the differences? Let your classmates feel how much warmer the water inside the black bottle is than the white one.

Food Origins

After being at the grocery store with your parents, did you ever wonder where all the food was produced before it got to the shelves? Next time you go to the store, make a list of different foods, anything from produce to packaged cookies. You can find out what kinds of animals are responsible for ingredients, or what vegetables are grown on farms and sent directly to the store.

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