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Safe Practices and Equipment

Safe Practices and Equipment

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to identify 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.

Essential Understanding

The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures.

Science Background

Science Safety in Elementary Schools: BioEd Online (video) - Online presentation covering classroom safety practices, particularly during students’ science investigations. Includes information about key safety equipment and strategies for setting up a safety object wall.

Science Safety in Elementary Schools
BioEd Online,

Safety Equipment and Supplies: Charles A. Dana Center (PDF) - Detailed information about a wide variety of safety equipment that may be needed in a science classroom.

Safety Equipment and Supplies
Charles A. Dana Center,

Signature Lesson

Science Safety is Elementary, Grade Three: Ohio Department of Education (PDF) - Students discuss, identify and demonstrate basic science safety practices. This lesson can easily be adapted for 2nd grade.

Science Safety is Elementary, Grade Three
Ohio Department of Education,

Supporting Lessons

Clean Gene’s Germ-fighters Hit Parade: Gojo Industries (PDF) - A familiar tune with new words helps students learn how to wash their hands thoroughly to clean them of germs.

Clean Gene's Germ-fighters Hit Parade
Gojo Industries,

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Teaching Lab Safety: Marcia’s Science Teaching Ideas (website) - Scroll down the page for a list of numerous safety activity ideas. The “Safety Scenarios Game” is recommended.

Teaching Lab Safety
Marcia's Science Teaching Ideas,

Assessment Ideas

Sid the Science Kid: PBS (website) - Interactive site that informs students about a variety of science careers while they select safety equipment and tools that are appropriate for scientists in different fields.

Sid the Science Kid

Literature Connections

Healthy Me: Fun Ways to Develop Good Health and Safety Habits. O’Brien-Palmer, M. (ISBN-13: 978-1556523595)

First Aid for You. Weber, Rebecca. (ISBN-13: 978-0756509262)

Safety. Gogerly, Liz. (ISBN-13: 978-0778741206)

Related Science TEKS

(2.1B) Importance of Safe Practices
The student is expected to describe the importance of safe practices.

(2.1C) Recycling/Disposal of Science Materials
The student is expected to identify and demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reuse or recycling of paper, plastic, and metal.

(2.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events during observations and investigations.

(2.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct descriptive investigations such as how organisms grow.

(2.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data from observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, thermometers, and non-standard measurement tools.

(2.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data using pictures, numbers, and words.

(2.2E) Communicate and Justify Explanations
The student is expected to communicate observations and justify explanations using student-generated data from simple descriptive investigations.

(2.2F) Comparing Results of Investigations
The student is expected to compare results of investigations with what students and scientists know about the world.

(2.3B) Make Predictions
The student is expected to make predictions based on observable patterns.

Related Math TEKS

2.12D    The student is expected to use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

2.13A    The student is expected to explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Fashionable Labs: Planet Science (website) - Online game in which students dress animated “scientists” with the appropriate safety gear. Scroll to the bottom of the page to start the game.
Planet Science,

Science Safety Rules: Laura Candler Teaching Resources (PDF) - Print copies of these science safety rules for each student to include in his/her science notebook.

Science Safety Rules
Laura Candler Teaching Resources,

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