DS' school is so weird.
They don't teach science? Or they just don't have a teacher who specializes in teaching just science? I've never heard of specialist science teachers prior to high school, but maybe that's because I'm in Canada and you're in ? the US?
The project does sound rather over-the-top for 6-year-olds! Especially the bibliography!
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Many U.S. elementary schools have science as one of the "specials", like art and music, where there is a separate teacher.
My kids didn't have science specific teachers until middle school. In 5th grade, the 5th grade teacher would divy up Science and Social Studies and the kids would change classes for those subject but they were still regular classroom teachers.
I remember some science project in 1st grade with little write-ups and pictures but expectations were pretty low. No Bibliography or any real focus on scientific method. It was more like "I mixed salt, sugar and sand in a glass of water and the sand and sugar dissapeared but the sand didn't." Seriously, that was sort of it for most kids.
Hopefully the parents won't "help" too much so the school can see that this sort of project is a bit much for 6-year-olds.
That just sounds like a really good way to ruin the love of science for a 1st grader.