My science classes recently completed an investigation where they explored how much energy was released from a Cheeto and Caramel Rice Cake.
They recorded their hypothesis, built their makeshift calorimeter, and then gathered their data.
Enter the lab report.
Writing a lab report is a school skill showcase item. Putting a quality report together requires scientific knowledge and skills, math, and a great many ELA skills. Art can be included when a poster format is used.
But wait, there’s more.
It's also a great time for students to practice using evidence to back up a claim. Creating data tables and graphs followed by analysis helps students to see how important evidence is when describing what happened.
Evidence-based discussions can help students identify quality sources of information and participate in civil discourse.