Writing Scientific Lab Reports

Uncovering the Mystery behind the madness!


Writing a good detailed scientific lab report can be a difficult task but it is a skill that can be taught and with some effort, focus, and dedication it is one that can become easier with practice. 

Students are required to write scientific lab reports in 7th and 8th grade as well as in some high school courses.  In 6th grade we begin by introducing the parts of a lab report.  As the year progresses the students begin to write lab reports more independently bringing them to the end of the year where they are able to write strong scientific lab reports with little teacher assistance.

Because this is a difficult but necessary process I have designed this page to provide some extra assistance for students and their families to refer to when completing lab reports outside of the classroom.  On this page I will be posting class notes on the topic as well as any other information that may be useful to those who may have some questions about what do do on their own lab reports. 

I hope this page is helpful and will decrease some of the mystery behind what a scientific lab report looks and sounds like.   


See how lab reports are assessed: 

Middle School Science Department lab report rubric

Middle School Science department checklist


Helpful Links: 

Sample Lab Report - A sample student lab report that is meeting the sixth grade standards.

Writing a good scientific procedure - An experimental procedure has a few mandatory characteristics.  Use the link to see what they are!

Conclusion Clues - Directions for how to write a good scientific conclusion.

Tips for Writing Good Scientific Lab Reports - These are some general guidelines to follow.  They are seperated by sections and can be useful when writing a lab report on any topic.

Template 1 - A template designed to act as a "jumping"off point for writing your own lab report.  It has fill-in-the-blank sections to help students grasp the general idea before attempting to make one of their own from scratch.

Template 2 - A less complete version of the first lab template. it contains each section and spaces to fill in the necessary information.  It has no prompts other than section titles but makes a great rough draft for anyone doing a lab report.