Using Goggles and Gloves
The student is expected to use safety equipment as appropriate, including safety goggles and gloves.
The student knows how to use a variety of tools, materials, equipment, and models to conduct science inquiry.
Texas Safety Standards: Charles A. Dana Center (website) - A guide to the laws, regulations and safety procedures for classroom, lab, and field investigations in Texas schools.
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 in the Science Classroom: National Science Teachers Association (website) - NSTA Safety Advisory Board guidelines, along with links to providers of safety services and products for K–12 education and other science classroom safety resources.
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).
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Safety in the Laboratory: Federal Way (WA) Public Schools (Word Document) - Students observe, discuss and record the uses and location of various safety equipment, including goggles and eye wash stations.
Lab Safety Station Activity: Orange County Public Schools (pdf) - Students rotate through a series of stations, each with a lab safety question.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
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.
Create a table or poster illustrating different scenarios relevant to classroom science investigations. Have students identify and explain the safety procedures necessary for each situation.
Goggles! Keats, Ezra Jack (ISBN-13: 978-0140564402)
Big Book of Safety for Young Children. Barden, Cindy (ISBN-13: 978-1564179746)
Safe No Sorry! Terrific Science Press (ISBN-13: 978-1883822521)
Science Facilities Standards: Charles A. Dana Center (website) - This manual, for teachers and administrators at Texas schools, describes required standards for facilities in which teaching lab and field investigations will be conducted.
Student Lab Safety Worksheet: McGraw Hill (DOC) – Download a safety worksheet to guide student thinking about safety concerns before conducting an investigation.