Backward Design of Writing a Formal Lab Report

Hello! I have outlined a backward design approach to students writing a formal lab report in a secondary science class.

Step 1: Identify Desired Results
By the end of the lesson, students should be able to write a formal lab report with all of the proper components, in the correct order and using the proper scientific language. The students should understand how all of the components of a formal lab report relate to each other to reach final research conclusions and to make future predictions.

Step 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence of Learning
Students will demonstrate their understanding by completing each component of the lab report in sections which will be marked individually before the student is allowed to move on to the next component of the lab report write up. When a student moves on to the next component, this indicates that the student has gained a complete understanding of the previous section.

Section 3: Design Learning Experiences & Instruction
The learning experience for the students will be one of using examplars of what to do and what not to do for each component of a lab report. A small lesson will be taught for a section then corresponding examplars of well written and poorly written sections will be used to demonstrate what the students should have included and what they should leave out of the report. This will give the students something to follow and guide them in writing proper lab reports, section by section.




One thought on “Backward Design of Writing a Formal Lab Report

  1. I really like your idea of using exemplars for guiding student learning. Great idea to make it into a small lesson where students can get a better understanding of what a poor lab report looks like and what a Great one looks like. Then you can show them all the little extra things that can be added that can make a lab report Fantastic!

    Thanks, Julie


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