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Describing Safe Practices

Describing Safe Practices

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to describe the importance of safe practices.

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 Procedures, Grade One: Ohio Department of Education (PDF) - Students learn and describe the importance of safe practices by role-playing and modeling safe practices used in scientific investigations. This lesson can be easily adapted for 2nd grade.

Science Safety Procedures, Grade One
Ohio Department of Education,

Supporting Lessons

Clean It Up: PBS (website) - Students compare hand-cleaning methods (paper towel v. soap and water) and learn why it is important to wash their hands when working with soil.

Clean It Up

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Why do We Need Rules? Region 20 Texas Education Service Center (PDF) - Students discuss and explain why rules are important in schools.

Why do We Need Rules?
Region 20 Texas Education Service Center,

Assessment Ideas

Milli’s Safety Tips: American Chemical Society (PDF) - Assign each student a safety tip from Milli’s list and have students draw pictures in their journals illustrating the safety tip “in action.”

Milli's Safety Tips
American Chemical Society,

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

(2.1A) Science Safety
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.

(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

Preventing Injuries: Safe Kids USA (website) - A wealth of safety information for students, covering everything from basic safety practices and facts sheets to activities you can adapt for any grade level.

Preventing Injuries
Safe Kids USA,

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