Writing Science Lab Reports

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Description: Teaching a step by step process to writing science lab reports while keeping students motivated to write.

Keywords: lab reports, writing, science writing

See also: "Introduction to Chemical Reactions" for a simple experiment using vinegar and baking soda to practice writing lab reports.

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WritingScienceLabs.pdf189.77 KB
Grading Rubric for Lab Reports.pdf10.91 KB
Sample Lab Reports and Grading Rubric.pdf716.77 KB
Motivating Students to Write.pdf23.21 KB
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Comments

Motivation...

I have noticed that my students enjoy doing the science projects but I always have a hard time getting them to write up their science projects. However after reading the "Motivating Students to Write" I was able to get them to write up their science report by giving them a base to lean on.

Creating Expectations

I really enjoyed using this lesson plan because there is so much modeling involved and the students have very clear ideas of the teacher's expectations. Using rubrics is always a good idea because the students have a road map to follow and can work more independently. Also, there are no surprises when it is time to grade their work. I have added to this lesson by having students use the rubric to pre-grade their own work before handing in to me. They look at their work with a sharp eye and I have found most of them are able to grade themselves fairly. Of course, this was only after several labs and a lot of practice with writing science labs. Thanks!

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