I developed this Lab Report Template in order to have students design their own lab report by developing their own purpose. I begin be offering a lab, such as what size crater is created when you drop a marble into a substance. Students then work in groups to determine their own independent and dependent variables in the boxes to the right. Then they can write their purpose and determine their hypothesis. In general, they complete the boxes, read the info in the arrows and then complete the part of the lab it points to.
I have also included a list of terms and their definitions that I have them paste into their notebook. The last column of this definition sheet is where we analyze as a class a lab as an example and look for what each of the terms meant in that lab.
This is the end result of what I expect they can do by 8th grade. I support them in developing these skills through different lab tasks from 7th grade and throughout 8th grade.
The results/conclusion rubric is designed to have them write a summary of their lab at the end that takes into account the evidence, analysis and relates back to the purpose. It can be used for a very simple lab with only one variable in one paragraph, or a more complicated lab with multiple variables requiring a 3-5 paragraph format.