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Middle schoolers examine and chart data about safety hazards and unsafe situations. In this safety hazard activity, students examine newspapers and web sites to investigate injuries from safety hazards. They make a spreadsheet using the data and make a graph using the spreadsheet.
Research sports safety and create various informational materials to share with the school community. Middle schoolers will utilize Internet resources, visual-arts materials, role-playing, and audio-video equipment to illustrate safe sports practices. Digital cameras are part of this instructional activity. Note: handouts and links are included.
Students discover how to prevent dog bites by completing worksheets and watching a video. In this animal safety activity, students view a video called Dogs, Cats and Big Kids, taking notes throughout. Students take a quiz and create a picture book explaining appropriate pet care techniques.
Third graders identify methods for preventing common injuries. In this injury prevention lesson, 3rd graders first study cartoons of injuries occurring, then write down their thoughts on these images. Next, the teacher shares many statistics on childhood injuries; students then work to identify intentional and unintentional injuries and develop strategies to avoid them.
Demonstrate an ability to make informed choices about the prevention of injury with your class and others. Through class discussion, observational studies, simulation, and the creation of a handbook, high schoolers will understand the principles behind prevention of injury in school and the work place.
How can students play safely on the playground? Young learners will the video, "I Can Learn Myself," and review school playground rules. They will also work in teams to assess the safety of the school's playground equipment. Note that the video and book recommendations could be easily swapped for another similar resource.
Learners learn what to do to in case of an emergency. For this fire safety lesson, students read books about firemen, discuss what a fireman does and complete a fire safety poem. They practice the fire escape route at school, discuss stop, drop and roll and play fire tag. Learners are also introduced to 911 and the importance of smoke alarms in the home.
The tragic story of Derek Boogard, a hockey star whose sports-related brain injuries eventually lead to his death, is told through a series of videos. There are also articles that can be read. This poignant lesson gets participants to consider and discuss the physical dangers of contact sports, as well as the emotional toll. In small groups, learners then prepare presentations about the relationship between sports and brain trauma.
Here is a thorough lesson on safety in the chemistry lab. Chemists review a detailed list of safety rules, draw the layout of the laboratory area to include emergency equipment, identify hazard warnings, and consult the MSDS in order to address a hypothetical chemical accident. Instructor's notes and a student lab sheet are provided in this well-written and vital lesson plan.
Students explore injuries born of basketball missteps. In this athletic injuries and injury prevention lesson, students interview doctors and basketball team members regarding basketball injuries. Students also conduct research pertaining to professional basketball injuries ad prevention of the injuries.
Students research sports injuries and how to deal with the injury. In this injury prevention lesson, the teacher introduces several exercise risk factors and prevention techniques, then students work in small groups to conduct research on a type of injury and create a five-minute skit to present to the class showing how to deal with the injury.
Second graders investigate how to slow the spread of germs from coughing and sneezing. For this illness prevention lesson, 2nd graders talk about why people cough and sneeze before telling about ways to prevent the spread of germs. They talk about why humans cough and sneeze to clear out debris. They learn to wash their hands properly and how to sneeze into a tissue.