Students grow polymer creatures and work through the scientific method. We use this as a beginning of the year unit. They work through the scientific method a step at a time and learn how to prepare to write a formal lab report. The lab report sheet allows them to keep all of their materials in one place and develop things as they go so when they go to write the report it doesn't seem like as much work. This is a great way to get you students writing scientific reports without the complaints. They have so much fun doing the investigation they don't realize how much work it is. We do this activity/lab for five weeks including walking them through examples of writing the different sections of the report. The RUBRIC I use to grade this project cab be downloaded for free.