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Explore Lab Reports_LR


What makes an effective lab report?
Develop a clear enough understanding of the history and characteristics of this genre to be able to explain your understanding to others.


Time To Complete 

1 Day

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.L.3
  • CCRA.R.2
  • CCRA.SL.3

I Can Statements 

  • I will know my exploration of the lab reports is of high quality when:
    • I can identify the stages and ideas that comprise the lab report, such as formulating a hypothesis and writing a conclusion.

Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students to check their understanding of the elements of lab reports.
  • Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below.
Possible Activities 
  1. Write up your morning routine, or something similar, in a lab report procedure and share it with the students.  Have them do the same with a simple, non-scientific part of their life.

  2. Perform a simple task (or simulate performing one), such as making a sandwich, using only the direction of the students.  Do not infer directions; act out exactly what they say to demonstrate how important repeatable procedures are.  Follow up with having students write procedures for simple activities and possibly acting out the instructions in pairs.

  3. Introduce the null hypothesis and give a mini-lesson on stating both hypotheses and their corresponding null hypotheses

  4. Share sample reports, good and bad, and ask the students to critique them

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