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Using Goggles and Gloves

Using Goggles and Gloves

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to use safety equipment as appropriate, including safety goggles and gloves.

Essential Understanding

The student knows how to use a variety of tools, materials, equipment, and models to conduct science inquiry.

Science Background

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.

Texas Safety Standards
Charles A. Dana Center,

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 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.

Safety in the Science Classroom
National Science Teachers Association,

Signature Lesson

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).

Science Safety is Elementary
Ohio Department of Education ,

Supporting Lessons

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.

Safety in the Laboratory
Federal Way (WA) Public Schools,

Lab Safety Station Activity: Orange County Public Schools (pdf) - Students rotate through a series of stations, each with a lab safety question.

Lab Safety Station Activity
Orange County Public Schools,

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.

Lab Safety
Educational Rap,

Assessment Ideas

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.

Literature Connections

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)

Related Science TEKS

(4.1A) 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.

(4.4A) Tools for Collecting and Analyzing Information
The student is expected to collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including calculators, microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, mirrors, spring scales, pan balances, triple beam balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, hot plates, meter sticks, compasses, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

Related Math TEKS

4.14D  The student is expected to use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

4.15A  The student is expected to explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

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.

Science Facilities Standards
Charles A. Dana Center,

Student Lab Safety Worksheet: McGraw Hill (DOC) – Download a safety worksheet to guide student thinking about safety concerns before conducting an investigation. 

Student Lab Safety Worksheet
McGraw Hill,

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