Living Environment Lab Requirements
Successful completion of the Regents Living Environment course includes a laboratory requirement. Students have lab class once every four days. All materials that are brought to the Living Environment class should also be brought to the lab. To be eligible to take the Regents exam in June all labs must be satisfactorily completed and in the students' lab folder which is kept in the classroom.
Labs are hands-on experiences to enhance and help understand the course material. For each lab a formal, typed lab report is due (see guidelines below). Although students may ask questions of each other while performing the lab, each student is expected to hand in an original lab report that was completed independently. A schedule of the labs is listed below.
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A formal written lab report must be handed in for each lab, unless otherwise specified. The final lab report must be printed using a computer. The completed lab worksheet must also be turned in with your lab report.
Materials to be handed in:
1. Printed lab report
2. Completed lab worksheet
Staple the typed lab report on top of the completed lab worksheet. These two pieces must be included for the lab to be acceptable. Labs not turned in at the beginning of the block will be completed during homework haven. Labs not turned in by the next scheduled lab class will receive a zero for a grade.
Lab report guidelines:
Title: Use the same title as the lab worksheet.
Purpose: A statement in your own words describing the purpose of performing the lab. To assist you in writing the purpose ask yourself, "Why did we do this lab?" or "What was the goal?"
Diagrams: Diagrams are to be completed on the lab worksheet according to the following specifications:
Diagrams must be drawn in pencil and colored appropriately, showing an accurate representation of what you observed
Diagrams must be labeled with label lines pointing to important structures. These label lines should be drawn horizontally, with a ruler, in pencil.
Labels of the structures should be written on the label line in ink.
The magnification of the specimen should be written in ink under the diagram.
Sample diagram of a human cheek cell below:
Discussion section (includes conclusions and reflections)
Conclusions: Write a few paragraphs describing the conclusions you were able to form throughout the lab. These conclusions should be supported by your observations, data and scientific principles. Be specific and cite information from the lab or from class to support your conclusions. Every section of the lab should be addressed in your discussion. To assist you in beginning this section look back at what you determined was the purpose of the lab. Also think about the question, "What is the big picture of this lab - how does it relate to the world around us?"
Reflections: Write a few paragraphs about your thoughts, comments and feelings about the process of performing the lab. The reflection section is an opportunity to self-evaluate your work on the process of the lab and your learning. Additional assistance on writing reflections is available.
» Lab Format (pdf file - 95kb)
This is the format for writing a lab report.
»Details for each lab
This page lists all the labs that have been performed throughout the year. It also lists all the specific details regarding requirements for each lab report.