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Safety Contract Review
science district should have a standard safety contract, to be signed
by both parents and student. Here's a nice way to review the first day
of school: Give each student one minute to jot down any safety rules
they remember from last year. Then ask pairs to share. Hand out the
contracts. Ask small groups to circle on the contract all they remember
as a group. Then ask each group to help you circle remembered rule
numbers, which teacher circles on a transparency. Take notice of rules
not recalled and go over "tricky" questions. Click here for a copy of our district's contract.
Safety Rules Mind Map
good way to review science safety rules is to have your students make
on a mind map (or concept map). Ask your students to refer to the
safety contract or remember from last year. Draw a circle in the center
of a sheet of white paper. Label it,"Science Safety Rules" Draw four
lines out from circle (spider legs.) Label the lines with major
components of safety, such as fire, eyes, glassware, etc. You could
brainstorm this with your students. Then draw "feet" off the legs with
a specific rule, paraphrased. Have the students add color and sketches.
Thanks to Janet Enloe for this great idea!
Lab Safety Equipment Hunt
district requires students to know the location of science safety
equipment. Make a worksheet with photos of safety equipment in your
classroom. Have students walk around the room, listing the location of
each safety item shown on the worksheet. Discuss by comparing their
answers to an answer transparency.
Lab Safety Equipment Flashcard Game
each team a copy of photos or sketches of the safety equipment in your
room, such as: fire extinguisher, fume hood, eye wash, safety shower,
etc. Have each student cut them out and clip to Equipment Hunt
worksheet when not in use. Play a fun game with partners. Each pair
places their set on the table, scrambled together. Then the teacher
says, "Put your finger on the eye wash." Or, "Put your finger on the
equipment you would use to put out a fire." Each student uses both
pointing fingers, so only one of the pair could get both of the eye
wash flashcards, for example. When they are down to just a couple
flashcards, stop the game and have them count their piles and shake
hands with the winner.
Find Someone Who Worksheet
students walk around finding students who know the answers to questions
related to science lab safety. The "Someone Who Knows" must write the
answer and sign their name on the student's paper. Click here.
Safety Procedures Lab
small groups of students move from station to station, following the
directions on a Labsheet and answering the questions. Set up general
lab situations and ask safety-related questions. I use a timer and give
the groups about 3 minutes per station.
Safety Scenarios Game
Run off Safety Game Scenarios in six (for six teams) different colors. Laminate. Run off six sets ofyour Science Lab Safety Rules in white. Laminate. To play the game:
hand out the same scenario to each team. Hand out a set of Safety Rules
Pieces. Teams put their heads together and quietly pick out all the
rules that were broken in the scenario. When a team is done, they
should say, "Done!" loud enough for all to hear. The teacher writes
down team numbers in order of finish. When all teams are finished, the
class discusses which rules were broken and why. Different teams may
have different inperpretations. That's okay! If first team finished is
correct, they are in first place and receive 6 points. If they miss one
and the second place team gets all correct, then they change places and
points, etc. (Second place gets 5 points, third place gets 4 points,
etc.) I do only one Scenario at a time, but you could do several if you
each student one rule from the safety contract. Use 8 x 11 white paper.
Stress Good "Billboard" Guidelines: (2" high letters. Three colors only
plus black and white. Very few words - paraphrase rule to shorten. One
strong, large picture.) Before collecting, have small groups pick the
"best" one, and put on chalk ledge. Have class vote on "best" one.
Laminate and post in classroom for the year. Lately, I urge all
students to use the computer if they know how to import and/or
manipulate images. Our students need to be prepared for the
a different Safety Category for each small group, such as eyes,
chemicals, fire, etc. Each group prepares a five page or less
PowerPoint Presentation. Our librarian will teach any class how to make
a PowerPoint. Most will already know how! Sign up for one day in the
computer lab if you teach 90 minute blocks, probably two days if less.
Each group presents to the class. Lots of fun if you have a smartboard,
or large T.V. Screen! Prepare a worksheet for each group to critique
and judge the presentations. They could vote for "Best of Show," etc.
district requires a safety test, with a 90% or better score. After the
above review activities, each student takes the true/false test. Not
included here for obvious reasons, but here's a link to a similar test:
Click here for an online, self-correcting safety test.