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Scientific Method Rubric

. IMPRESSIVE ADEQUATE MINIMAL
Investigative Question Question is clear and complete. Easy to understand. Question is somewhat clear and/or complete. Some difficulty in understanding. Question is unclear and/or incomplete. Difficult to understand.
Hypothesis Hypothesis uses an “IF...THEN...” statement to answer the Investigative Question clearly. Hypothesis attempts to use an “IF...THEN...” statement to answer the Investigative Question somewhat. Hypothesis does not use an “IF...THEN statement and/or does not answer the Investigative Question.
Materials All materials used are identified in detail and listed neatly. Most of the materials used are identified in some detail and listed somewhat neatly. Materials are missing and/or are not identified in detail. Difficult to read.
Method All steps followed are listed completely and with details. Easy to understand. Most steps followed are listed somewhat completely and with most of the details. Some difficulty in understanding. Steps are missing and/or details are missing. Difficult to understand.
Results Summary Summary is clearly written with details. Highlights all major observations. Summary is somewhat clear with most details. Highlights most major observations. Summary is unclear with many details missing. Few or no highlights given for major observations.
Data Log Data Log is complete and includes labeled sketches. Data Log is somewhat complete and includes partially labeled sketches. Data Log is not complete. Sketches are missing.
Chart Chart is complete and neatly labeled. Easy to understand. Chart is somewhat complete and mostly labeled. Somewhat easy to understand. Chart is not complete and/or missing labels. Difficult to understand.
Graph Graph is complete and neatly labeled. Easy to understand. Graph is somewhat complete and mostly labeled. Somewhat easy to understand. Graph is not complete and/or missing labels. Difficult to understand.
Conclusion Conclusion answers the Question and clearly explains with details from your observations as to why the Hypothesis was correct, incorrect, or partially correct. Conclusion somewhat answers the Question and somewhat explains with some details from your observations as to why the Hypothesis was correct, incorrect, or partially correct. Conclusion does not answer the Question and/or does not explain with details missing from your observations as to why the Hypothesis was correct, incorrect, or partially correct.
Organization and Format Well organized. Neat and legible. Correct spelling and grammar used. Easy to read. Somewhat organized. Neat and legible most of the time. Some spelling and grammar mistakes. Fairly easy to read. Poorly organized. Sloppy and illegible. Many spelling and grammar mistakes. Difficult to read.



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