Lab Reports

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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.

Fun Facts

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.

Learn More

Visit Teachers Pay Teachers for a free, downloadable lab report.