Purpose – A reason for doing the observational lab or experiment
Materials- A list of materials needed, measurements included
Variables – The cause and effect of the experiment. Scientists change one variable at a time and always compare their results to a control group (something that is unchanged). The independent variable is changed which causes a change in the dependent variable (the variable that is measured).
Hypothesis – An educated guess at what the outcome of the experiment might be or what might be observed.
Procedure – A numbered step by step explanation of how the experiment is conducted or how the observation is to take place. Questions may be asked as you move through the steps.
Data/Results – A place where data is recorded in tables, charts, written descriptions, etc….
Graph - display of your data (line, bar, circle graph, etc.)
Conclusion – Analysis questions about all parts of the experiment as well as analysis of data collected and whether or not the hypothesis was correct.