Science experiments are often casual and fun. Maybe you mixed baking soda and vinegar in a pop bottle in the backyard just to see what would happen. Or you rubbed a balloon against your head to learn about static electricity.
At other times, though, your science experiments will be more formal. You need written results to share with others. A lab report is a written report describing your scientific method.
A lab report includes the following:
- A title
- Your question or problem
- Your hypothesis.
- Materials needed.
- The steps of the experiment
- Your results
- Your conclusions
Lab report: a written report detailing the scientific method
Hypothesis: an educated guess, based on observation and logic, but not experimentation
Results: the findings of your experiment
Conclusion: your beliefs based on the results of your experiment
Q and A
Question: Where can I get a lab report?
Answer: You can make your own or find one online.
Question: Do I need to use a lab report every time I do an experiment?
Answer: No, but teachers often require lab reports for science experiments. And, if you enjoy science, you might want to make a science journal filled with the lab reports of all the experiments you conduct. Keeping a written record allows you to go back and review what you’ve learned.
Visit Teachers Pay Teachers for a free, downloadable lab report.