A 3-page lab report template
that provides students a clear scaffold or framework to write a rough or good copy of a lab report for biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics investigations.
Each section of a typical middle to high school level lab report is included, with short writing prompts
that help guide students with their writing. The sections and writing prompts are listed below.
Lab Report Sections (with writing prompt):
- Write a problem statement that has an IV and DV.
- The DV must be quantifiably measurable.
- Write an If…Then statement to describe how the IV and DV are related to each other.
- Explain your thinking with scientific and/or practical knowledge.
Independent Variable (IV)
- List the variable that you choose to modify at the start of the investigation.
Dependent Variable (DV)
- List the variable that you measuring during the investigation.
List the variables that must be kept the same during the investigation to ensure a fair test.
- List all required materials with exact quantities.
- Be sure to include all safety equipment, where necessary.
- Write step-by-step directions.
- Each step must begin with a verb.
- Include steps for multiple trials.
- Create a blank table to record the experiment data.
- Be sure to include units in your headers, where needed.
- Create a (bar or line) graph to display patterns in the data.
- Bar graphs are used to compare types of variables
- Line graphs are used to show change in one variable compared to another.
- Be sure to include all components of a good graph.
- NOTE: The Graph section also includes a blank 10 x 10 grid for students to construct their graph on.
- Discuss patterns in your data.
- Use numerical data from your table or graph(s) to confirm the patterns.
- Provide a scientific explanation for these patterns.
- Answer the problem clearly.
- Describe how your data supports your statement, with values.
- State whether your hypothesis was supported or not.
- Explain the results with scientific knowledge.
- State whether your investigation was a success or not.
- Point out specific unexpected, or anomalous, results, if any.
- Make 2-4 specific suggestions on how to improve the procedure.
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Relevant NGSS Science and Engineering Practices Addressed by This Product:
Practice 3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Plan an investigation individually and collaboratively, and in the design: identify independent and dependent variables and controls, what tools are needed to do the gathering, how measurements will be recorded, and how many data are needed to support a claim.
Conduct an investigation and/or evaluate and/or revise the experimental design to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence that meet the goals of the investigation.
Evaluate the accuracy of various methods for collecting data.
Collect data to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence to answer scientific questions or test design solutions under a range of conditions.
Collect data about the performance of a proposed object, tool, process or system under a range of conditions.
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