Let’s first look at what Dr. Wile writes on page 2-3 of the Solutions and Tests book. After student reads through the experiment, he should start a new page in his lab book. The first page should be used to write down all of the data taken during the experiment. The student should perform any exercises in the experiment. After the experiment, the student should write a brief report after the page where the data and exercises were written. The report should discuss what was done and what was learned. A person reading the report should be able to figure out the procedure and what was learned from the experiment. From those points you can see several things that every lab report for this course should have. The first page which contains the data. This page should also have the experiment name, the date, and possibly the student’s name. It should be legible. The supply list should be complete. I’m sure it would be ok if the data took more than one page. Drawings and charts should be included if applicable and should be labeled and relatively neat.
The page following the data should have the discussion of the procedure and what was learned. It is ideal if the procedure is written in order and is complete, and again, it should be legible. There is no canned answer, but I can offer a rubric to serve as a guideline. If you use it, please consider the qualities and adjust them to suit your requirements. I also want you to notice that the main difference between 2 points and 3 points is neatness. If this is unfair to your child because of a condition that makes neatness impossible, then adjust the rubric accordingly. Note: This rubric is not meant to be used with Apologia’s physical science, biology, or beyond. Why: Because this is an entry level lab class rubric that I made up. 4 or 5 labs — while your child is learning how to write a good lab report, and then use a rubric that better fits the age group.
Use the rubric as is or alter it to suit your requirements. 1. Grade the lab report, taking note of how many points each of the 4 items earn. 2. Count the number of points earned. Use the table below for the letter grade. Notice the missing D-. Notice that the points swings on completeness and neatness. Those are important items in a lab book. One of the purposes of a lab book is to be able to repeat experiments based on what is written in the lab report. This is partly based on the 3rd point made by Dr. Wile on page 3 of the Solutions and Tests book. It is important to note that a “B grade” lab report will fulfill the lab book objectives. An “A grade” lab report is simply impressively neat and well written. If you need a percentage, use your grade scale to convert the letter to a percentage.
In case you missed this: Dr. Wile suggests the use of the 90/80/70/60 grade scale for his courses. I recommend that you do. For your convenience here are two grade scale examples. After your student has learned how to do the lab reports, you might want to include the report grade as part of his final grade. Until then, the test is 100% of the grade. Yes, the child does the On Your Own questions and spends one or two days on the study guide, but those items are part of learning. The reward for doing those parts well is becoming more knowledgeable and, over time, more logical. The test is 100% of the grade until the lab reports are added. So.. after your student has learned how to do the lab reports, the lab reports will become 35% of the grade and the test 65% of the grade. For the sake of this example, let’s say that the child earned an average grade of “B-” on his lab reports for a module. Converted to a number score that might be an 82. Let’s say the child scored an 85 on the test. 5. Round off to 84, a “B” according to Dr. Wile’s suggested grade scale.