Included in this product is a PDF file containing a 40 page workbook
to assist middle school students on using the scientific method to complete a long-term science project or class lab report. I describe each step of the scientific method and explain why each step is necessary. Detailed examples are provided throughout the workbook so students know the quality of work that is expected. In addition, a PowerPoint document is also included with some editable pages and rubrics.
I suggest printing out a copy of the workbook for each student and then placing it in the brads of a sturdy plastic folder so the same workbook can be used from year to year. If you have copying restrictions, consider printing out a copy for each team.
My students complete their projects at school because most of them do not have the support needed at home to complete such a project. So, about three years ago, I created this extremely detailed workbook to help my 7th and 8th grade students stay on task during science project workdays. If one group needs help on how to write a hypothesis (or some other task that we have covered many times in class), I can refer them to the correct page in the workbook. This then frees me up to spend more time with a group that is having more complicated issues, such as figuring out the most appropriate way to organize their data. I was also glad to see that students would often pull out the workbook to help them write lab reports for classroom experiments as well. I hope you find this workbook helpful as well!