Writing a Lab Report Rubric Report Component



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Writing a Lab Report Rubric

Report Component


Component Points

Presentation

Expectations

Ownership

5

Place in center of page

Name of Student:

Teacher:


Class Period/Section:

Date Performed:

Date Due:


Title of Lab

2

  • Capitalized appropriately

  • Centered

  • underlined




Accurately Describes the investigation


Background Information

5




A brief description of relevant background information that defines topic being investigated

Hypothesis

5

  • Left justified

  • component heading underlined

States expected relationship between the variables being investigated.

Uses appropriate hypothesis format:

If………. then


Purpose

3

  • Left justified

  • component heading underlined

Begins with appropriate format:

Ie:


Determine the relationship between ….

Observe the…

Calculate the …


Materials

5

  • Left justified

  • component heading underlined

Lists all of the materials needed to complete the investigation


Procedure

10

  • Left justified

  • component heading underlined

  • uses impersonal tense (no pronouns)

  • uses numbers to indicate order of steps

The person reading the report should be able to conduct the same experiment by following the written steps in the order presented.

Detailed instructions need to be given





Data and

Observations




25

  • Left justified

  • component heading underlined

  • uses impersonal tense (no pronouns)

  • data tables are titled(centered and underlined)

  • headings are used

  • units are used in parentheses

  • graphs are titled

  • axes are labeled and include units

The observations should be labeled and organized.

Data tables include a description of the measured quantities.

Data for a graph would appear before the graph.

Graphs have appropriate scales.




Calculations

And Analysis


20


  • Left justified

  • component heading underlined

  • calculations include a word equation and an underlined heading; units are included with the numbers in the set up.

  • Final answer includes a unit.

  • Percent error calculation is included if appropriate.

  • uses impersonal tense (no pronouns)to discuss results

  • error sources are identified

  • improvements to procedure are discussed

Calculations come before the Analysis.
Paragraph form is used to discuss success of the lab and other components.

Conclusion

20


  • Left justified

  • component heading underlined

  • relevant terms are defined and related to the lab

  • hypothesis is restated and referred to in the conclusion as correct or incorrect.

Essay form is used. Topic sentence and proper grammar are used along with a concluding sentence.

Grammar and Spelling

-1 per error








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