K-1 Collection Project
If you are in Kindergarten do a collection of natural materials or you can do an experiment.
If you would like to do an experiment, click here.
A COLLECTION OF NATURAL MATERIALS (see below for a description and examples of the collection project):
Steps to do the collection project: Select the step title below to learn about each of the steps. Identify the problem to get started...
Drawings, Photos, & Graphs (oh my!)
Be sure to fill in your Planning Worksheets packet as you work through the Collection Process!
(A copy of this packet is available below - under "Related Files")
What is a collection project? The goal of a collection project is to experience all of the variety of life around you. Scientists call it biodiversity. For example, you could find out how many different species of trees and bushes grow in your backyard, on your street, in your neighborhood, or in a near-by forest. To do a project like that you would collect a few leaves from each different tree you find in the investigated area.
How to collect: Certain natural materials, like collected leaves, can be pressed in parchment paper with the help of an adult, labeled and included in your science fair project display. Other natural materials, like pinecones, should be fine to include in your display without being treated, and others, like insects, should be photographed and left in their natural setting.
How to sort: When you go back home it's time to do some sorting. Arrange all the natural materials (or photographs) you found on the tabletop. See how different they are! For example, collected leaves can be sorted in number of different ways: by shape, by size, or by leaf venation and leaf type. Then you could count how many unique leaves and therefore tree species you found.
Want to take it a step further? You can go further and find the scientific name for each species - there are books and websites that can help you. Another possible extension of this project is to do a comparison of collected materials from either different locations or of different types. For example, you could collect leaves of all kinds of plants in the investigated area. Then you can find how many flowering plants vs trees are there.