Reflection: Shared Expectations Science Safety - Section 3: Explore/Explain/Elaborate/Evaluate


It can't be emphasized enough that safety should be the first priority when planning science investigations and engineering projects. Even at the elementary school level, safety expectations should be an integral part of your daily science instruction. Although we don't use harsh chemicals or glassware, I always have my students wear goggles when working with any kinds of liquids or objects that may cause eye injuries. I also talk to the students about washing their hands after handling anything and if we are doing some of our outdoor learing and don't have access to a sink, we bring hand cleaner/ sanitizer (I talk more about outdoor learning safety in the ecosystems unit).

A mantra that ends up happening each year in my science classroom is that the equipment we use are "Tools not Toys"- my kids usually know this mantra a few weeks into the trimester. I also use a strategy called CHAMPS which comes from Safe and Civil Schools. Using CHAMPS helps set up the expectations for the students for every portion of our learning whether it's during a lab, lecture, or even watching a video. 

NSTA has some great resources for talking about science safety and I found this one:Safety The Science Classroom  particularly useful in settting up my safety guidelines. 

  Shared Expectations: Safety First!
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Science Safety

Unit 1: Scientist Training Camp
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT explain the safety expectations we have in our classroom and science room.

Big Idea: It's important for students to understand that safety is the top priority on a school campus and that they need to understand what the safety expectations are during science class

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