Science educators have historically tended to focus on teaching science knowledge and skills to their students, using a variety of methods: laboratory activities, lectures, demonstrations and more. Lately, emphasis has been placed on writing in the science classrooms. Whether students are taking notes or observations or writing a formal lab report, research and practical experience suggests that language is an essential part of science learning. Furthermore, all learners can develop their language skills through authentic experiences (e.g., Bybee, 2002). LAB-AIDS®' work in the area of "writing to learn in science" has focused on using journals in the science classroom. Science journals and notebooks can promote literacy in the classroom, both written and oral, as well as help promote reading and vocabulary development, and help identify misconceptions for more effective teaching and learning.
You Wind Some You Lose Some
Student engineers will be testing different blade designs of a wind turbine in order to maximize the power output. Students will be writing a formal lab report and organizing powerpoint team presentations in order to convince the public how society can utilize wind energy more efficiently.
Jamie Larson, Physics Teacher, Da Vinci Science High School
Guide to Writing a Formal Physics Lab Report - Union College
Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of importance of the blue crab to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the dangers of the parasite Hematodinium spp. by writing a formal lab report, creating an information brochure to increase public awareness, and implementing a blue crab population and/or Hematodinium prevalence management technique.