Writing Informal Lab Reports These reports need to be turned in to your lab folder on the posted due dates and when returned, they need to be put in your notebook. Your Name Partner Name(s) Lab Station Number Date 1. Beginning Ideas – What is the Question(s)? Write in the form of a question that specifically describes what you were investigating. 2. Tests – What did you do? Describe the procedures you used – not step by step, but summarize in your own words. 3. Observations – What did you see? Record all observations (qualitative data) and all measurements (quantitative). 4. Claims – What can you claim? This is an “answer” but you MUST be able to back it up with the results of your experiment 5. Evidence – How do you know? Explain why you made the claim and what evidence allows you to make this claim. 6. Reading – How do your results compare with other results? You may compare to another group in the class, but you must also compare your results with the literature. Literature can come from textbook, reliable websites, notes in class, etc. – be sure to cite your information 7. Reflection – How have your ideas changed? This should be a paragraph about what you have learned – also discuss whether your lab results supported your thinking or if you have changed your thoughts. 8. Writing – What is the best explanation for what you have learned? This is a summary statement.