Safe Practices and Equipment
The student is expected to demonstrate safe practices and the use of safety equipment as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations.
The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.
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.
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.
Science Safety is Elementary: Ohio Department of Education (PDF) - Students discuss science safety, identify and demonstrate basic science safety procedures, and use appropriate classroom safety equipment. They will decide which of their five senses would need to be protected in different situations (personal safety) and identify precautions necessary to avoid hazards in the classroom (classroom safety).
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- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
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.
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
Science Safety Rules: Science Spot (PDF) - Students read a brief story about the antics of SpongeBob Squarepants and his friends, identify the safety rules being broken, and learn the guidelines for proper safety in science class.
Have students create “safety comics” that illustrate and demonstrate their understanding of safety rules.
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)
Student Lab Safety Worksheet: McGraw Hill (DOC) – Download a safety worksheet to guide student thinking about safety concerns before conducting an investigation.
Lab Safety: Educational Rap (website) - Use a “rap” song to reinforce safe practices in the science lab. An audio version of the rap can be downloaded for a small fee; the lyrics are available free of charge.