Learning about what you can and cannot do in the lab can be boring for students, but having a good understanding of lab safety is integral for any science classroom. A good way to liven up a safety lesson is to involve scenarios. This activity is best implemented after students have a basic knowledge of laboratory expectations. For example, the students could have taken notes on lab safety or have watched a safety video prior to beginning the scenario activity.
For this lesson, the teacher should go over the provided safety rules with the students and make sure the rules are understood. Each student can be given a safety rules list to tape in their lab books for future reference. Once the students understand the safety rules, introduce the safety scenarios. In small groups students will identify which rule or rules have been broken. After each scenario, students should be prepared to share which rule or rules have been broken and what the student(s) in the scenario did wrong. To extend this activity, have students create their own safety scenarios and have classmates identify which rules were broken.
This product includes a directions sheet, one poster showing the 10 safety rules, a student version of the safety rules to tape in lab books, a worksheet listing the 10 scenarios, and an answer key.
This resource is included in the Science Lab Safety Package
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