Findings from the Field: Abbreviated Article Format

Many classrooms across the state of Maine are investigating interesting questions, collecting data, and drawing conclusions that ought to be shared with the science community but just do not have time to produce a full research article. For that reason, Findings from the Field is now accepting abbreviated submissions.

Submissions following the abbreviated format must include:

    A graph, table, chart, or figure showing data that was collected
    A short description of the data (2 to 3 sentences)
    A scientific argument, including:
      The question being investigated and why it is important
      A claim based on the data collected
      Evidence and reasoning to support the claim (one paragraph)

    A discussion of the tentative nature of the claim, including:

      Possible alternative explanations of the data
      Factors that may have impacted the data or reasons for uncertainty in the claim
      The significance of the findings
      Next steps for further investigation (one paragraph)

Teacher resources including writing frames, peer editing tools, and rubrics are attached at the bottom of this page.

Students using this alternative format should follow the same process outlined on the Findings from the Field page.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)