Lively Lessons: Lab Safety

Working on your weekly lesson plans? This Sunday blog series, Lively Lessons, will provide you with Discovery Education content and lesson plan ideas!

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Conduct an experiment—safely. Experiments are fun and a great way to learn about scientific principles. However, the materials used for experiments require proper handling and a focus on safety. Unsafe behavior can lead to damaged materials and injury to people. Working safely in the lab will help make for an excellent learning experience.

 

K-5 Did You Hear That- Safety?: Have students close their eyes and play the Glass: Smash: Large Glass Smash Crash sound effect on Discovery Education Streaming. Students should visualize what they hear. Ask them what they hear, know, and wonder about the sound. For older grades, provide time for students to write a story about how the sound effect happened. When their stories are complete…  Click here to access the rest of this lesson starter as well as the full Lab Safety Content Collection.

6-8 There’s An App for That- Safety: Show the video segment “Soda Bomb Safety” from MythBusters: Do Try This at Home on Discovery Education Streaming. Have students take notes about the safety precautions the hosts of the video take as they do the experiments. Then, provide students with the “There’s an A.P.P. for That” graphic organizer: Author’s Purpose and Prove It! Have students complete the columns of the graphic organizer to think critically about the hosts’ purpose in the video. Have students partner up to discuss their reasoning, thinking, and analysis…  Click here to access the rest of this lesson starter as well as the full Lab Safety Content Collection.

9-12 . Lab Safety Paper Chat: Distribute large sheets of butcher paper around your room. On each paper, tape an image showing various lab scenes. Above each image write, “What would you do?” Below each image, list one of the following scenarios…Click here to access the rest of this lesson starter as well as the full Lab Safety Content Collection.

 

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