The back-to-school year in science class usually involves a unit on lab safety. However, after students have been exposed to the rules of staying safe in the lab, finding new ways to engage students in lab safety activities can be challenging.
If you are a science teacher looking for new ways to keep students interested in lab safety, check out these ideas below:
Fun Lab Safety Activities
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This video from Zombie College includes a video about what can happen when lab safety procedures aren’t followed.
In addition to the10 minute lab safety video, there is a video game, student materials including:
- word scramble
- 5 rules of lab safety worksheet
and a music video on the 5 rules of lab safety.
This website can fulfill all your teaching needs depending on how long you need to spend going over ways to stay safe in your classroom laboratory.
Note to teacher: While I have shown this video to grade 7 and 8 students, please view it first to decide if it is appropriate for your student audience.
- Identifying the chosen lab safety rule
- State reasons why it is important to follow this rule in the classroom.
3. Lab Safety Review Game
- Equipment and practice
- Should I?
- Fire, Chemicals, and Goggles, Oh My!
- Lab Procedures
- Random Science Safety
"Eye" Know Lab Safety Activity
This lab activity will integrate the safety rules into a fun experiment. This activity would engage students on the first days of school or as an introduction to your lab safety unit.
Many students may not understand the need for goggles in the classroom. This eye protection lab uses:
- Egg whites
- Petri dishes
to teach students the importance of keeping their eyes safe during lab experiences.
To complete this science experiment,
- use the marker to draw an eyeball at the bottom of the Petri dish.
- Then, put one egg white in each of the dishes.
- Pour water into one dish.
- Pour alcohol into the other dish.
This activity will excite students while teaching them about the importance of lab safety.
Are you looking for more activities to use with your students? This unit includes unique ways to teach students to stay safe in the science laboratory and classroom. It includes classroom decor and activities to introduce, teach, and reinforce concepts related to safety.