# Topics for Primary School Projects

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Primary school is an exciting and challenging time for your child. It's a time to build social skills and learn new things. There is a broad range of primary school project ideas in various core curriculum areas that will help students further their understanding of core subjects while developing fundamental skills. Incorporate project ideas from subject areas such as art, music, math, science, language, drama, social studies and literature.

## Swinging Cereal: Experimenting with Static Electricity

Primary school students enjoy making this science project and experimenting with static electricity. Gather a plastic comb, 12-inch piece of thread, tape and a round piece of dry cereal. Insert a piece of cereal to one end of the thread and tie a knot. Attach the other end to an edge of the table. Make sure the comb is clean and free of oil residue from hair. Charge up the comb by running it through dry hair several times. After charging the comb, slowly bring it near the end of the thread by the cereal piece. The thread will swing out to touch the comb. Children can experiment by placing the comb near the thread in different locations to watch how static electricity reacts.

## Picture Puzzle

Students have fun creating this art project made from heavy Bristol board, child-safe glue, scissors, markers and pencil crayons. Print out assorted pictures from the Internet, or children can draw a picture on a piece of paper. Have the children colour the picture using markers and pencil crayons and then glue it to a piece of Bristol board. Allow the picture to dry. Once the glue is dry students can cut the picture out into random shapes to create their own puzzle.

## The Seed Connection

Experiment with plant growing conditions using this primary school project. Children can construct a test lab by placing a seed into six separate cups. Label the first cup "Temperature," and the second cup "Water." Label the third cup "Light," the fourth "Temperature and Water," and the fifth "Water and Light." For the sixth cup, use all three label names. Children can experiment with growing conditions by applying only what is designated on the label of the cup to the seed. For example, the seed in the first cup can have a heat source to help it grow (temperature), but no water or light so you will need to cover the top of the cup with a lid. The second cup can have water but no light or heat source, etc.

## Fractions

This math project incorporates learning fractions with pizza. Students can create a round pizza out of Bristol board and colour it with markers and pencil crayons. Instruct students to cut the pizza into slices using scissors. Tell students it's time for lunch and to pretend to eat a slice of pizza. Ask the students questions to promote fractional thinking such as "How many slices of pizza are left?" and "How many slices of pizza were eaten?"

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