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Paulita Garcia Paulita Garcia 860 Points

What are good and clear rules to set for science safety?

Mariam Afshar Mariam Afshar 1185 Points

These are the main ones I would use. Of course word them in a way your students will understand. Listen and follow directions Use tools only as instructed Do not touch anything unless instructed Wear proper safety gear Good Luck!!!

Karly Gibberman Karly Gibberman 1635 Points

I think you should have no more than 5 rules for older grades and no more than 3 for the younger students.  I would say that my three main rules would be: 1. Follow all oral and written directions carefully.  2. DO not touch any materials, equipment, or chemicals in the laboratory area until instructed to do so.  3. Put things in their proper place after using and cleaning them as instructed by teacher.  

Thora Ansell Thora Ansell 1175 Points

I really liked what you said Karly! I totally agree that for the younger grades you need to lessen the amount of rules given, and that the older grade could handle more. I will be noting the rules that you shared, for my future classroom. Thanks for your insightful input!

Gethsemani Rodriguez Gethsemani Rodriguez 1435 Points

Hey Paulita  where you able to find your answer?

Edgar Mondragon Edgar MONDRAGON 865 Points

Yes she was, there are many great rules that have been mentioned.

Thy Van thy van 1565 Points

These are some really good ideas for science safety! 

Stephanie Simon Stephanie Simon 995 Points

List of rules from NSTA
http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-07/labrules.htm

Dejuanica Henry Dejuanica Henry 1065 Points

These are great suggestions for science safety rules. 

Lauren Boggs Lauren Boggs 725 Points

Great question, Paulita! I believe the most important rule when it comes to science safety is listening and following instructions, as well as, reporting to the teacher if there has been an incidences. If the students are not listening to your instruction/directions then science time should be over and they will have to do work in the classroom instead of exploring in the lab. Goggles are always a must when dealing with glass, chemicals, fire, and flying objects. Long hair should be tied back and clothes should be protected with an apron. Other than that, I believe a great rule to have for science safety is to have fun while staying safe. :) Hope this helps, Lauren.

 Erika Cristina 295 Points

Lauren I agree! I think its just very important that students have a clear set of rules and follow instructions daily in each class. Working in labs can be very dangerous sometimes although it is fun. Students must be aware of the rules at all times and pay close attention to instructions based on each specific lab. I love the rules that were listed above and hope to implement some of them in my classroom. Instructions and rules are vitals parts to conducting a safe and meaninful class period. 

Selena Garcia Selena 650 Points

I found this great video to show elementary students. It explains the reasons behind safety rules. Hope this helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsAHt0FiwNM

Christian Baez Christian Baez 1190 Points

These are some great rules to enforce in the classroom! Apart from posting these rules in my classroom, I would also have a discussion on why it is important to follow safety rules. In addition, I believe it would be a great idea to also model how to properly handle equipment and any other materials students will be using in the lesson.

Nicole Feoli Nicole Feoli 580 Points

Science safety is extremely important in the classroom. As a teacher, you are responsible for anything that happens in the class. In this case, making the rules extra clear is key for a safe learning environment. Some rules must consist of: 1. Listen and follow directions 2. Use science tools only when told to do so 3. Pull all hair back and sleeves must be rolled up 4. Always wear safety gear including goggles 5. Always clean up your experiment properly 6. When using scissors, they are to be held downward, not pointing upward There are many other rules to require for your classroom. It is important to have these listed on a chalkboard or posted on a chart around the room. Going over these rules daily will prevent any issues in the future. It is recommended for children to learn the importance of safety at a young age where it is more prone to get hurt or hurt others. 

Nadia Manasia Nadia Manasia 1765 Points

Safety of the students come first. These are great tips. Very informative.

Daniela Rosselli Daniela Rosselli 575 Points

Safety is always number one with kids. Some rules that they need to follow are listening, not touching the materials unless told to do so, keep hair up, close toed shoes, and clean properly when finished. 

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