Elementary GATE Science Discovery Program
1 Choose a domain of scientific study; (Physical, Biological,
or Earth Science) Focus on a scientific question (hypothesis)
∑ Does Baking Soda lower the temperature of water? ∑ Do sugar
crystals grow better in distilled or tap water?
2 Refine the steps of the scientific method Do research on topic,
compile data Begin to build project
3 Polish project Begin to construct presentation
4 Present finished project Answer hypothesis for a group: (What
happened?) Create new question…. Why?
5-6 During the same time frame, create an expository essay on
why the project happened the way it did. 3rd grade = 3 paragraph
essay, 4-5th grade = 5 paragraph essay. Both essays will be
well developed with much detail and clarity. Teacher for a day!
Due to the fact that application is the highest order of thinking,
the students will be required to teach the class what they have
learned. They will use their projects, expository essays, power
point presentations, overheads, and their voices to instruct
the teacher and the class how and why their scientific concept
worked or didn’t work.
Standards covered: Grade 3 I&E 5 (a-e) Grade 4/5 I&E 6 (a-f)
including all standards listed under one of the three scientific