Best Homeschooling Projects that Can Be Adjusted to Suit the Levels of 3rd to 5th Grade Students (8-10-Year-Olds)

Best Homeschooling Projects that Can Be Adjusted to Suit the Levels of 3rd to 5th Grade Students (8-10-Year-Olds)

Some of the best homeschooling projects that can be adjusted to suit the levels of 3rd to 5th grade students (8-10-year-olds) include building a greenhouse, creating a play or a musical, making a water slide, doing a study on a chosen country, making a stop motion animation movie, and doing coding on a LEGO® Maze. These projects can be completed for more than one day depending on the preferred complexity and required iterations.

1. Building a Green House

  • Building a green house can be done as a homeschooling project that will require the students to plan, build, apply scientific principles, and build their project management skills.
  • This project can also help them learn the principles of the engineering design process, the scientific method, budgeting, graphing, and other lessons.
  • They will also learn photosynthesis, material properties, and other concepts.
  • The project is typically designed for 3rd graders. It can be done for more than one day as the students wait for the seedlings to sprout.
  • The following materials can be used to build a simple greenhouse for kids:
    • Frame and cover: straws, popsicle sticks, Ziploc bags, and saran wrap.
    • Body: empty milk cartons, glass jars, and a small plastic flower pot.
    • Documentation: paper, budget sheet, data sheet, colored cards, and research sheet.
    • Others: soil, seeds such as lima beans or grass, scissors, tape, and rulers.
  • Students can work with each other to build the greenhouse.
  • To practice their project management skills, students can be given their roles by handing out color-coded cards that represent typical project roles.
  • The green card will be given to the facilitators who will oversee the project, makes the final decision, and act as the link to the teacher for any help needed.
  • The pink card will be given to the banker who will manage the budget of the project.
  • The orange card will be given to the recorder who will document the process, the materials needed, changes, made, tasks completed, and other notable items.
  • The yellow card will be given to the buyer who is tasked to obtain all the materials. The buyer and the banker will be the ones to “buy” the items from the teacher.
  • They will all be given a budget sheet, a planning sheet, and blank papers to record their various tasks and activities.
  • The teacher can then teach the students the concepts that they will be learning in the project.
  • The students will also be given some time to define the objectives of the project, plan, brainstorm, design, collaborate, and build the greenhouse.
  • They will also need to test if the greenhouse is working and track the important metrics of the greenhouse such as the growth of the plants, temperature, and others.
  • They can also work on testing the design and re-building as necessary.
  • Teachers can ask guide questions throughout the exercise to help the students in understanding the various concepts and how they were able to apply them to their project.

2. Creating a Play or Musical

3. Design Challenge: Making a Water Slide

4. Country Study

5. Stop Motion Animation Project

6. LEGO® Maze Coding

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