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Safe Practices and Equipment

TEKS Objective

The student will recognize and demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately.

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Essential Understanding

The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and uses environmentally appropriate and responsible practices.

Science Background

Science Safety in Elementary Schools: BioEd Online (video) - Video covers safety fundamentals that promote a risk-free environment for students’ science investigations, including tips for safe classroom practices, safety equipment, and strategies for setting up a safety object wall.

Science Safety in Elementary Schools
BioEd Online, www.bioedonline.org

Texas Safety Standards, Kindergarten through Grade 12 Science: Charles A. Dana Center (website) - A guide to laws, rules, regulations, and safety procedures for classroom, laboratory, and field investigations; publication may be ordered or downloaded as individual chapters.

Texas Safety Standards, Kindergarten through Grade 12 Science
Charles A. Dana Center, The University of Texas at Austin, www.utdanacenter.org

Science and Safety… It’s Elementary: Council of State Science Supervisors (PDF) - Free safety guides for teachers and educators.

Science and Safety… It’s Elementary
Council of State Science Supervisors, www.csss-science.org

Signature Lesson

Science Classroom and Field Investigation Safety: SuperSTAAR (website) - Two activities that help students to recognize and demonstrate basic safety information and reinforce student safety rules for classroom and outdoor science lessons.

Science Classroom and Field Investigation Safety
SuperSTAAR

Supporting Lessons

Milli’s Safety Tips: American Chemical Society (PDF) - Safety tips for young children.

Milli’s Safety Tips
American Chemical Society, portal.acs.org

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Science Safety is Elementary, Grade Three: Ohio Department of Education (PDF) - Identify and apply basic science safety procedures with this lesson, which can be easily adapted for 1st grade.

Science Safety is Elementary, Grade Three
Ohio Department of Education, ims.ode.state.oh.us

Assessment Ideas

Laboratory Safety Practice Drills for K-5: Science Safety Consulting (PDF) - Scenarios designed to assess students understanding of science safety rules.

Laboratory Safety Practice Drills for K-5
Science Safety Consulting Services, www.sciencesafetyconsulting.com

Literature Connections

Don’t be Hasty with Science Safety. Pederson, Bridget. (ISBN 1599285800)

School Safety. Rivera, Sheila. (ISBN 0822568225)

Related Science TEKS

(1.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(1.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(1.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools.

(1.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(1.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

(1.4A) Tools for Collecting Information
The student is expected to collect information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, primary balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and timers; non-standard measuring items such as paper clips and clothespins; weather instruments such as demonstration thermometers and wind socks; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

Related Math TEKS

1.12A  The student is expected to explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

1.13A  The student is expected to justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Safety in the Science Classroom: National Science Teachers Association (website) - Provides OSHA training requirements and guidelines, at both the national and state level (by state).

Safety in the Science Classroom
National Science Teachers Association, www.nsta.org

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