Lab Report Guide
Write a lab report for this lesson’s lab. Be sure that your report:
includes all major elements of a lab report.
meets your teacher’s content and format expectations.
is clearly organized and formatted.
demonstrates strong scientific reasoning and writing.
While writing, you can revisit previous parts of the lesson by returning to the course map. Be sure to refer to the
lab’s student guide, which you can find on the first page of the lab experiment activity. You may also find it
helpful to refer to the remaining pages of this guide, which provide general guidelines for writing lab reports.
You can upload your completed report with the upload tool in formats such as OpenOffice.org, Microsoft Word,
or PDF. Alternatively, your teacher may ask you to turn in a paper copy of your report or to use a web-based
Lab Report Checklist
Data Collection and Organization
Did you title your lab report?
Did you organize all data in a clearly labeled table
Did you state the purpose of the experiment?
Did you state the question you posed before the
Did you restate the hypothesis (or prediction) you
formulated before the experiment?
Did you list all variables and label the
independent and dependent variables? Did you
indicate any controlled variables?
Materials and Procedure
Did you make a list of materials? Did you include
quantities and SI units?
Did you present the steps of the procedure as a
numbered list? Did you note any changes to the
Did you identify your experimental and control
Did you check that your data is accurate and
Did you title any tables and graphs? Did you label
rows, columns, axes, etc., and include units?
Analysis and Conclusion
Did you interpret your data and graphs in the
analysis rather than just restate your findings?