The kids were shocked as I printed out two nice, neat copies of the instructions and then handed them spirals to use for their 'lab books'. It was the perfect time to apply the scientific method--before the fun stuff. Each child wrote their question and their hypothesis and pasted in their materials and procedure information. They were kind of ticked but once it was done we went on to the fun stuff. (I let them know that no matter what job they had they would ALWAYS have necessary paperwork/forms...it's just how business rolls.)
So here is what we made:
They will observe and record the changes for 5-7 days on data/observation forms to add to their labwork. At the end they will come up with a paragraph or two over the results and conclusion.