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Toxicology

Lesson Plan Title & DescriptionGrade LevelCurriculum Areas Expert Advice

Children's Health: Children Aren't Little Adults

The characteristics of children make them extremely vulnerable to hazardous substances in the environment.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

One Sniff Can Kill

Students will learn to recognize dangerous common inhalants and the effects of those substances on the body, as well as to find ways to prevent their abuse. 

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Price of Beauty: What You Don't Know May Hurt You

Can the use of personal care products be harming our health?  In this lesson, students learn about cosmetic safety issues.   

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Chemical Controversy

The controversy about endocrine disruptors centers on the issue of whether certain chemicals are endocrine disruptors and the cause of serious health issues.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Lead - More Common Than You Think

Students will test common items to see if they contain lead and determine where there might be lead in their homes.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Lead Awareness: What Everyone Needs to Know

Students will find out about the dangers and effects of lead on the human body, including how to treat and prevent the disease in this lesson written in cooperation with MDE. 

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Lead Poisoning and Environmental Health

Issues surrounding lead poisoning are presented in this lesson, written with MDE, so students become more aware of the dangers and effects lead has on the human body.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Lead and Children: Toxic Exposure!

This student learning activity is designed to introduce middle school students to the important and prevalent public health issue of lead poisoning.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Role of Government in Lead Poisoning and Prevention

In this lesson written with MDE, students will investigate how and why government agencies were established and laws enacted to prevent and protect the general public from lead poisoning.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Chemistry of Lead

Students learn about the physical and chemical properties of the element lead in this lesson written in conjunction with the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

We've Used Lead for All These Years?

Using internet articles, students will describe how lead has been used by humans historically and its impact on human health. 

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Something Fishy

Students explore the dangers of high levels of mercury and learn how small amounts of mercury in water accumulate in greater quantities in organisms higher in the food chain.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Your Nose, Your Mouth . . .

This lesson educates students about what is in the air we breathe and the factors that keep the body from getting enough oxygen.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Organic Mechanic Part 1

This lesson introduces students to the issue of farming using chemical pesticides vs. organic methods.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Organic Mechanic Part 2

Alternatives to using pesticides, such as companion planting, the use of biological controls, trapping, and the use of barriers are studied in this lesson.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Lesson Seeds

Presentations

Interviews

  • Meet Dr. Tomas Guilarte, who is researching how lead affects the neurological system and how to reverse its harmful effects.
  • Meet April Neal, a PhD student studying the toxic effects of lead on the brain.
  • Meet Bob Swann, who is one of a team of people that cleans up spills of hazardous materials.

Online Interactive

  • Help Maggie decide what to do when lead paint is found in a building she is planning to renovate.

Teacher Discussion Highlights

General Resources

 

 

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