Safe Practices and Equipment
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.
The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and uses environmentally appropriate and responsible practices.
Science Safety in Elementary Schools: BioEd Online (video) - Begin the school year with a focus on safety in the science classroom. Michael Vu and Barbara Tharp discuss safety fundamentals that can promote a risk-free environment for students’ science investigations, including tips for engaging students in safety and a review of key safety equipment.
Science and Safety, It’s Elementary: Council of State Science Supervisors (PDF) – A free, downloadable safety guide for teachers and educators which discusses chemical, biological, and electrical safety.
Science Classroom Safety: SuperSTAAR (website) – These two activities will help students recognize and demonstrate basic safety information and reinforce student safety rules for classroom and outdoor science lessons.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Science Safety Procedures - Grade One: Ohio Department of Education (PDF) - A sample lesson from the Ohio Department of Education. Students will experience the safety procedures used in science investigations through exploration, role playing, and modeling activities.
How to Wash Your Hands: USDA, New Mexico State University (PDF) – Hand washing steps are required to kill germs.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Safety Preschool and Kindergarten: Kinderplans.com (website) – Series of activities designed to teach fire safety and keep young kids safe in school, on the playground, and at home. In addition, this website offers more lessons as part of a fee-based membership.
Milli’s Safety Tips: American Chemical Society (PDF) - Safety tips for young children.
Elementary Science Safety-Student Involvement, Laboratory Safety Practice Drills for K-5: Science Safety Consulting (PDF) - Scenarios designed to assess students understanding of science safety rules.
Thumbs Up or Down - Students are given various safety scenarios in which they are asked if the students responded is a safe manner or an unsafe manner. Students should respond with thumbs-up for a yes or positive answer or with thumbs-down for a no or negative response. This gives the teacher immediate feedback about whether or not students understands the safety rules.
Don’t be Hasty with Science Safety. Pederson, Bridget, ISBN-13: 1599285818
School Safety. Rivera, Sheila, ISBN-13: 0822568223
The Kids’ Science Book, Hirchfeld, Robert, ISBN-13: 978-0913589885
Additional ResourcesSample Safety Contracts: North East ISD (website) - Sample safety contracts for Pre K-1 and 2-5th grades in both English and Spanish, along with safety symbols and certificates. Modify to suit your classroom.
Skin Health and Hygiene Solutions: Gojo Industries (website) - Lesson Plans for grades K-5 to teach proper hand hygiene and its importance in keeping students safe and healthy.