lab report rubric 2017-18
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Lab report RubricStudent(s):Per:________
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Title (5 pts)Stated as a question or purpose and properly punctuated. Based on observations, background and or research. (3 pts)Stated as question or purpose, Missing punctuation. The connection to the purpose of the lab is confusing or unclear (2 pts)Not written properly as a question or purpose. OR Incomplete. Good intention but not focused. (1 pt)
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Introduction /Background (7 pts)Very through. Explains the reasoning behind the lab. Is written using the technical writing style appropriate for science. Connects lab to what we are doing in class. (7 pts)Relates somewhat to the purpose of the lab. Is missing important information. Attempts to connect lab to what we are doing in class. (5 pts)Does not relate to the purpose of the lab, too vague or non-specific. Includes information that should be somewhere else (4 pts or less)
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Hypothesis (8 pts)Is stated as an “if...then...” statement. Is directly related to the problem with important supporting detail. Is part of the introduction. (10 pts)Is stated as an “if...then...” statement, but needs to relate to the problem directly. (7 pts)Not stated as in “if...then...” Needs to relate directly to the problem. Needs supporting details. (6 pts or less)
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Materials list (5 pts)List is complete, and accurate. List includes quantities. (5 pts)List is complete, maybe missing one item or vague in describing the materials. (3 pts)List is not complete (2 pts or less)
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Methods (15 pts)Nicely summarized. Written in proper scientific language NOT copied from lab packet. Written in complete sentences. Clear, logical, and descriptive.(15 pts)Steps are in sequence, but missing some steps. Some incomplete sentences. Some details lacking. (11 pts)Procedure was copied from lab packet AND/OR errors in the procedure, maybe out of sequence, not logical, and/or lacking details. 7 pts for not explaining what was actually done in the lab OR skipping an entire step.
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Results (10 pts)Tables are complete. Data was recorded in the accurate units. Calculations are correct. If necessary, additional information such as charts, graphs, drawings, etc are included. (10 pts)Tables are not complete, or not properly labeled. Some calculation are missing or not correct. Additional information not complete, or more information could be added. (7 pts)Tables are not complete, and not properly labels. Calculations are missing. No additional information added, or what was added was confusing and not labeled well enough to understand. (6 pts or less)
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Analysis Questions (10 pts)Questions asked in the pre-lab and throughout the lab have been answered completely. It is clear that time and thought has been put into answering these questions. (10 pts)Questions have been answered. Some of the questions may not have been completely answered. It is not clear that time and thought put into answering these questions. (7 pts)Questions are either not answered or very incomplete. It is clear that little time OR thought has been put into answering the questions. (6 pts or less)
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Discussion (20 pts)RERUN - The hypothesis is restated. Is written using the technical writing style appropriate for science. Explained what happened. Results and observations are discussed. Uncertainity over what you did or saw (sources of error), and new areas for further investigation and what you learned are discussed. (20 pts)RERUN was attempted. The hypothesis is restated. There is a lack of explanation over sources of error OR observations OR further investigation. Explained how the results helped you understand (or how related lab) to what we are doing in the class. (14 pts)Hypothesis was not restated. There is a lack of explanation over sources of error OR observations OR further investigation. Conclusion is vague and non-specific. It is not apparent the students know what they did or why they did it. (13 pts or less)
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Misc (10 pts)No spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes. Introduction and discussion are both complete paragraphs (unless it is a poster/presentation). Neat and easy to read. Sections are labeled AND report was shared properly with the teacher. If poster/presentation the rules for those apply. (10 pts)No more than 2 spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes. Used pronouns. Other format issues. One of the two sections were too short OR not shared properly. Still relatively neat and easy to read. (7 pts)3 or more spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes. Multiple format issues. Both sections were too short OR one short section AND not shared properly. Not very neat, hard to read. OR missing 2 parts or more entirely. (5 pts or less)
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typical lab
purpose lab
No analysis questions
Simplified layout
Discussion only
Purpose lab discussion
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