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Step 1: Students pick a topic.

Help your students choose an Earth science topic they can't wait to investigate. Ask them to brainstorm about some interesting topics; first as individuals, and then in small groups. (Sample individual brainstorm pages) Make a list on the board or overhead of the topics your students generate. For example, students might want to learn more about:

  1. Rocks
  2. Soil
  3. Water
  4. Space
  5. Stars
  6. Planets
  7. Erosion
  8. Fossils
  9. Dinosaurs
  10. Ocean waves
  11. Earthquakes
  12. Hurricanes

The World Wide Web offers thousands of ideas and topics. The science fair topic generator at Science Buddies™ offers an excellent "topic wizard" .

Ask students to choose their favorite topics and record the topic and the reason they chose it in their science fair notebooks or journal.

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