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SOCIAL STUDIES FAIR

HANDBOOK

ROCKDALE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

2011-2012

Table of Contents

Purpose of Social Studies Fair ..……………………………………..…………3 Georgia Performance Standards in Social Studies ………………..…………...4 Suggested Timeline……………………………………………………………..5 Preparing Student Projects ……………………………………………………. 6 Characteristics of Disciplines…………..……………………………………….8 Requirements for Social Studies Projects …….……………………………….9 Deciding on a Topic……………………………………………………………11 Sample Research Topics ……………………………………………………... 12 Research Proposal Sheet ..…………………………………….….…………....13 Gathering and Analyzing Data…………………………………….…………..14 Note Taking …………………………………………………………………...15 Bibliography Cards …………………………………………………………... 16 Creating Bibliography ………………………………………………………...17 Using Footnotes ……………………………………………………………….19 Sample Bibliography ……………………………………………………….…20 Format for Research Paper …………..……………………………………… 21 Abstract/Sample Abstract………………..……………….……………...…….22 Correct Use of Backboard……………………..………………………………23 Local Fairs and Their Regulations .…………………..………………………24 Regional Fairs and Their Regulations …………………..…………………….26 State Fair and Its Regulations ……………………………...………………….28 Awards ……………………………………………………..….………………30 Judging ……………………..………….……………………..………………..31 Checklist for a Completed Project……………………………………………...32 Appendix ………………………………………………………………………34

Sample Parent Letter
Sample Timeline
Sample Verification Page
Partner Request Form
Note Taking Form
Judge’s Score Sheet
Purpose of Social Studies Fair

Local, regional, and state social studies fairs annually present exhibitions of work prepared by students in grades five through twelve. Each project is designed to show research and conclusions about the study of people in relation to their physical and social environment.

Objectives of Social Studies Fairs

• The student demonstrates the use of analytic-scientific procedures in a visual and verbal presentation by o Selecting a significant topic of study;
o gathering and analyzing data;
o interpreting findings;
o reporting conclusions; and
o using appropriate social studies research methods and skills.

• The teacher uses varied instructional techniques for guiding students in understanding social studies concepts and research methodology.

• The fair will improve students’ skills in social studies through o evaluation of student work according to established criteria, and o communication with judges, fair officials, and their teachers.

• The fair will create public awareness of social studies through; o publicity;
o displays of exhibits in public venues and business places following the fair; and o encourage public attendance at the fair.

• Recognizes and rewards students’ academic competence in social studies through o ribbons,
o certificates, or
o other appropriate recognition.

Required Parts of Social Studies Project

The completion of a successful project includes:

Research Summary Paper
Visual Presentation- Illustrates and enhances research findings An Abstract- description of the project
Interview (at the system, regional, and state fairs)

Social Studies
Georgia Performance Standards:

Information Processing Skills

• Compare similarities and differences
• Organize items chronologically
• Identify issues and/or problems and alternative solutions • Distinguish between fact and opinion
• Identify main idea, detail, sequence of events, and cause and effect in a social studies context • Identify and use primary and secondary sources...
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