Inquiry Lab Report Writing Instructions and Rubric

Inquiry Lab Report Writing Instructions and Rubric
Inquiry Lab Report Writing Instructions and Rubric
Inquiry Lab Report Writing Instructions and Rubric
Inquiry Lab Report Writing Instructions and Rubric
Inquiry Lab Report Writing Instructions and Rubric
Inquiry Lab Report Writing Instructions and Rubric
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I’ve used this assignment with students in grades 10-12, in elective sciences. The assignment prompt can be any number of inquiry topics that students are allowed to explore. The student worksheet gives instructions on how to write up a lab report to report findings of an inquiry experiment, where not all students will do the same steps or have the same results. The students will produce a typed paper, although you may modify the instructions to ask for students to create a presentation or poster board.
Also included are pages with a rubric I’ve used as a teacher to check off key parts of the report, as well as a form to use with students to allow them to self-grade or do peer review grading.

Some of the different topics that we’ve studied using inquiry experiments include:

• Red Wiggler Worms: different habitats, feeding, reproduction rates, or behavior

• Brine Shrimp: different habitat size, salinity levels, egg hatch rate, growth rate, population sizes, reaction to pollutants, behavior

• DNA Extraction from different fruits and vegetables: variables included freezing, cooking, shredding, using different soaps, and using different enzymes

• Seed Germination: light, water, fertilizers, pollutants

• Asteroid Impact: different size, mass, velocity

• Greenhouse Construction to increase inner temperature: different materials, reflection, absorption materials


You will receive a 4 page Word document. The file will include 1 page with the above teacher notes, 1 page with the assignment instructions to write up an Inquiry Lab Report, 1 page with an Assignment Rubric, and 1 page with a student grading rubric table.
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4 pages
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Does not apply
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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