Science Activities- Lab Write-Ups

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Short Form (Verification of concept) – most of the hands-on activities done in a classroom are verifications/demonstrations of one or more scientific concepts. These types of activities should be written up in the science notebook as follows:

- What I did?

- What happened?

- Why did it happen?


Long Form (Scientific Method) – scientific experiments are also important in enhancing comprehension and critical thinking. Scientific experiments differ from verifications in that experiments are designed to test a hypothesis. Scientific experiments require a control and variables, verifications do not. Long form activity write ups should include:

- Question

- Research (Background Information)

- Hypothesis

- Experimental Design (Procedure)

- Results (Data Collection)

- Analysis (Discussion of meaning of results)

- Conclusion

- Suggestions (questions for further investigation)