Whether you teach Science or Shop Class, your students are going to encounter some hazardous substances. Help prepare them to protect themselves by teaching them about Materials Safety Data Sheets and the NFPA "Fire Hazard Diamond" symbols.
I’ve included the following items:
1. MSDS Guided Reading: You can give this to your students for homework or at the end of class to introduce
them to what a MSDS is.
2. MSDS Quick Quiz: Give this to your students after they’ve completed the reading. You can assess who needs
to review about the importance of MSDSs again, or just quiz them to make sure they did their assignment!
INCLUDES ANSWER KEY.
3. MSDS Profile: Your students can practice with their first MSDS, or you can use this sheet to send home with
them before you do a laboratory assignment, to ensure your students understand how important it is to stay
safe when using chemicals during lab. You can hand out copies of MSDSs for highly volatile chemicals, such as
Hydrochloric Acid 12M, so students can get an idea of how important it is to understand how chemicals can
affect their wellbeing.
4. MSDS vocabulary: 15 words that students need to understand in order to be safe in lab, and to understand
what they are reading in a MSDS. They define the word, then use it in a sentence or give an example.
5. NFPA “fire diamond” interpretation: A one-page original document that explains to the student what the “fire
diamond” system is used for.
6. NFPA “fire diamond” matching: Students are given 6 different descriptions of chemical hazards. They have to
match the descriptions with the hazard diamonds and symbols given. I actually took real chemicals and
paraphrased/rewrote the descriptions from the national safety standards, so that your students cannot just
Google for answers online. INCLUDES ANSWER KEY WITH EXPLANATIONS.
7. NFPA “fire diamond” interpretation: Your students are given specific information about a chemical, and they
have to determine the hazard levels for each of the categories. INCLUDES ANSWER KEY. Some of the answers
may have answers like “Flammability Hazard 2-3” because students may choose one or the other as an
answer. If you do this as a class, it opens up some great discussions.
This product is intended for middle school and high school students.
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