Scientist Report Rubric / Checklist


Scientific Report & Notebook Rubric

5 = superior            3-4 = average            2 = below average            1 = Fair                        0 = no evidence                                                           


Title Page (15pts)

_____ Title, Names, Homeroom number & Due date present

_____ Aligned in the center

_____ Creativity


Table of Contents (5pts)

_____ Page numbers of the report match the table of contents’ numbers


Abstract (15pts)

_____ Introduction

_____ Brief description of the experiment & results

_____ Conclusion


Introduction (25pts)

_____ Hook

_____ Purpose, Explanation of your ideas and how you got them, reason

_____ Problem question & Hypothesis

_____ What and how you hope to achieve when you started your project

_____ Application to the world


Research Summary (10 pts)

_____ Was sufficient background research accomplished

_____ Research was written in your own words and or cited


Experimental Section (35pts)

_____ Problem Question

_____ Hypothesis

_____ Variables chart

_____ Qualitative & Quantitative Observations

_____ Material list with quantities

_____ Procedures (Set-up, Testing and safety procedures are complete and listed step–by-step)

_____ Experiment is connected to the hypothesis


Results (50pts)

_____ Was the experiment repeated several times to establish validity & / or was the sample size sufficient?

_____ List of the data you measured (Data tables)

_____ Graphs showing sets of trials & comparing averages

_____ Used every means possible to explain the data collected (mean, median, mode, range, & difference) in a chart

_____ Diagrams & pictures of the experiment with titles, labels, and captions

_____ How well do the charts, graphs, tables, diagrams, and pictures present the data

_____ Charts, graphs, tables, diagrams, and pictures are labeled correctly and have titles

_____ Math is correct

_____ Easy to read and understandable

_____ Neat and organized


Discussion (10 points each) (50pts)

_____ Shared how well or not so well the experiment went (limitations)

_____ Explained what the data means, quantitative & or qualitative observations, & share highlights

_____ Used every means possible to explain the data collected (difference & average)

_____ Able to infer how the data related to the hypothesis

_____ Shared if hypothesis is valid or not & why

Conclusion: (30pts)

_____ Were the conclusions justified and properly drawn from the experimental process?

_____ Conclusions are accurately based on the data

_____ Why was the hypothesis valid or not and explained why using data?

_____ What would you do differently next time?

_____ What did you learn from the project?

_____ New questions


Acknowledgments & Rough Drafts (10pts)

_____ Present acknowledgments

_____ Rough drafts (unless it is in the notebook)


Bibliography & Footnotes (15pts)

_____ At least 3 hardbound books

_____ At least 6 bibliographies present

_____ Used the proper bibliography format


Ideas & Content (35pts)

_____ Contain an engaging intro that identifies the topic                       

_____ Develop a writing assignment appropriate to the assignment (used scientific language)           

_____ Fulfills the writer’s general purpose and specific goals                       

_____ Includes an effective conclusion           

_____ Demonstrates comprehension of the content materials

_____ Demonstration of skills (use of scientific method or engineering process)           

_____ Does the project reflect the student’s own work?                                                           


Structure & Form (15pts)

_____ Includes a well-developed introduction and conclusion           

_____ Demonstrates proper and effective paragraphing                       

_____ Uses a variety of sentence structure                                               


Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics (15pts) 

_____ Contains no more than 9-10 minor errors in grammar and usage                                               

_____ Contains no more than 9-10 minor errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation           

_____ Typed, quality work           


Creativity (20pts)

_____ Originality in approach

_____ Originality in design of project or use of equipment


Notebook (50pts)

_____ Notebook’s data is consistent with the contents of the report (data table & graph)

_____ Daily record / journal with dates

_____ Worksheets are attached to the correct sections of the notebook

_____ Pages are numbered and dated           

_____ Organize & neat


_____ Student (s) went above and beyond what the project asked for (up to 20 points)

_____ Report cover present (5pts)

_____ Report & notebook turned in on time (10pts)


_____ Report & notebook turned in early (5 pts for each day)


Total: _______________ / 400 pts                        Percent: _________/100   Grade: __________