Writing Scaffolds
The official PSUSD lab report format-

And the rubric for grading it-


Here are two different levels of scaffolding for writing the conclusion of a lab report.



Observations are important in science, this scaffold helps kids get the most out of them.

For compare and contrast writing-

Science teachers love inquiry, get your kids to explain what a good conclusion looks like and why-

A strategy for answering open ended questions well


Don't forget that the thinking maps are designed to be writing scaffolds for organizing ideas before writing!

Reading templates
A great strategy that both accesses prior knowledge and metacognition.

A more interesting way to introduce key vocabulary

One of the things that makes science reading different is the extensive use of diagrams which need to be interpreted. Here is a guide to helping kids break down the meaning of a science diagram


A reading guide that focuses on asking questions about the reading (difficult but powerful)

A great guide for reading after a lab or demo in chemistry (or in Biology when you are dealing with nano processes like enzymes)

A different version for Earth Science or Astronomy where we try to apply a classroom observation to a global scale.

A way to track vocabulary

A template for jigsaw activities

A great source of outside souces for those wanting multiple sources of information ScienceNews for Students