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Discussing Safe Practices

Discussing Safe Practices

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to discuss the importance of safe practices to keep self and others safe and healthy. 

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) - 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 encouraging safe practices by students, a review of key safety equipment, and strategies for engaging students in safety.

Science Safety in Elementary Schools
BioEd Online,

Classroom Safety: Equipment, Facilities, Student Conduct: Health, Mental Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools (website) - Safety education, safe practices, and supervision, when enforced through school policy in science classes, art courses, and classes where there is food preparation, will prevent serious injuries to staff and students.

Classroom Safety: Equipment, Facilities, Student Conduct
Health, Mental Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools,

Signature Lesson

Safety and Injury Prevention: Wichita State University (website) - Students will discuss safety rules for home, school and play.

Safety and Injury Prevention
Technology Integration Projects for Students, Wichita State University,

Supporting Lessons

Germ Science: Why Hand-washing Matters, (website) – Students learn about the power of germs while learning about scientific inquiry.In this activity, students play in the playground and then touch one piece of bread, leave another piece untouched, and observe the differences over time.

Germ Science, Why Hand-washing Matters
by Cindy Middendorf,

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Escaping a Home Fire: Safe Kids USA (PDF) - Children will learn about fire safety rules, fire drills, escape plans, and are introduced to smoke alarms.

Escaping a Home Fire
Safe Kids USA,

Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plan: Safe Kids USA (PDF) - Help young children by teaching them to navigate traffic environments safely. Create awareness of traffic signs and safe crossing techniques.

Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plan
Safe Kids USA,

Assessment Ideas

Have your students open their science notebooks to where they have two clean pages. On the page on the left, have them make three drawings of students not following the science safety rules. On the right side, have them make three drawing where the broken rules have been corrected.

Science Education - Elementary School: Education Development Center (website) - Interview each student to assess their understanding of safe practices in the classroom, on the playground and at home. Use the information from the Observations, Interviews and Discussions section of this website to create age appropriate questions.

Science Education - Elementary School
Education Development Center,

Literature Connections

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

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

Safe Not Sorry! Terrific Science Press, ISBN-13: 978-1883822521

Science Safety. Bender, Lionel, ISBN-13: 978-1404821989 

Related Science TEKS

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations. 

Related Math TEKS

 K.15A Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Teaching Lab Safety: Science Teaching Ideas (website) – List of ideas and other resources to implement a very safe science lab/classroom environment.

Teaching Lab Safety
Science Teaching Ideas,

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.

Skin Health and Hygiene Solutions
Gojo Industries,

Preventing Injuries: at Home, at Play, and on the Way: Safe Kids USA (website) - Find a wealth of information covering everything from safety basics and facts sheets to activities you can adapt for any grade level.

Preventing Injuries: at Home, at Play, and on the Way
Safe Kids USA,

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