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A Case Study of Environmental, Health & Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, MA Public School System
Type: Case Study - Response Plans - Web site
Summary: This case study, prepared by Todd H. Dresser of the Burlington (MA) Board of Health, details an extensive review of environmental, and health and safety (EHS) issues involving the Burlington, Massachusetts public school system, which began in 1992. The case s...
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A Small Dose of Toxicology
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: This interactive poster presents the health effects of common chemicals that includes toxic agents such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, pesticides, lead, mercury, arsenic, metals, solvents and animal plant toxins. It includes a glossary, powerpoints and intera...
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A Small Dose of Toxicology Book
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Glossary - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Author: Steven Gilbert, Ph.D, DABT, ISBN:0415311683 280 pages This is a professional and technical book for the layman that is a user-friendly resource on toxicology of common chemicals including alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, heavy metals, solvents and r...
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ABC's of Asbestos in Schools
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Response Plans
Summary: This is a 20-page document that can "help parents and teachers answer questions and learn the facts about asbestos in schools. It also outlines the responsibilities of school boards and other school officials toprotect school children and employees from possi...
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ABC's of Healthy Schools
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet
Summary: This is brief brochure provides suggestions for creating a voice for children and creating healthy school environments.
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Adventures of the Lead Busters Club
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: An online, interactive story for children to help them understand lead poisoning, ways to prevent poisoning and symptoms of lead poisoning. A teachers guide, letters for parents/guardians and additional resources as well as assessments and recipes accompany t...
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Air Module
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Fact sheet - Glossary - List - Manual/Handbook - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site - Workshops
Summary: The AMBIENT air module contains segments of lessons based upon materials introduced in a news video. There is situations for activities, a community asthma quiz and key, school survey and glossary as well as a guide to air. AMBIENT provides a systemic approac...
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Air Pollution: What's the Solution
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Web site
Summary: Air Pollution: What’s the Solution? is an educational project for students, grades 6 - 12, that uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the science behind the causes and effects of ground level ozone. Core activities include The Ozone Betwee...
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Air Quality Index
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This is designer for young students and helps them understand clean and dirty air, air pollution health and air quality index. This is interactive with definitions.
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America's Children and the Environment (ACE)
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: America’s Children and the Environment brings together, in one place, quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies...
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Anti-Idling
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Research - Web site
Summary: Unnecessary school bus idling pollutes the air, wastes fuel, and causes excess engine wear. Fortunately it’s easy to implement practices that reduce school bus idling. Topics found at this site include ways to save money and reduce pollution, actions to redu...
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Artist Beware: The Hazards In Working With All Art And Craft Materials And The Precautions Every Artist And Photographer Should Take
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary:

Non-fiction, reference

Authors, McCann, Michael, PhD, CIH

ISBN 1-59228-592-9

Dr. McCann presents a comprehensive manual on the hards of working with all art and craft materials and the precautions every artist and craftsperso...

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Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - Manual/Handbook
Summary:

Non-fiction, reference

AuthorsRossol, Monona.

ISBN 1581152043

Monona Rossol provides a comprehenshive guidebook on raw materials used by artists, their reglations, associated risks, and precautions for individual media incud...

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Asbestos in Schools
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Response Plans - Web site
Summary: General information on asbestos, information for parents, teacher snd school employees, information for local education agencies and summary of health effects of asbestos are provided in this comprehensive, yet succinctly brief report on asbestos in schools....
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Asbestos News
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This is a Web site devoted to information about Mesothelioma and Asbestos exposures. It provides news on recent legislative activities, sources of asbestos exposures, asbestos management and health risks, mesothelioma law and identifies types of mesothelioma....
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Ask NSDL
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Database - Web site
Summary: The Virtual Reference Desk Presents Ask an Expert with opportunities to ask questions on many science topics as well as math, education, engineering, health, social studies and technology. They also offer a link for Earth Day Resources.
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Asthma and Indoor Environments
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: EPA provides a downloadable "asthma action card" to help customize an asthma action plan including knowing the asthma triggers for children.Links to learning more information on secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, cockroaches and pests, pets and nitrogen diox...
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ATSDR (Agengy for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Language Options - List - Web site
Summary: ATSDR Activities in Illinois are only a portion of the valuable information provided at this website. A glossary, an alphabatized index, news, feature articles,tox FAQ's, toxicological profiles, CERCLS Priority lists of harzardous substances and minimal risk l...
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Back to School Environmental Checklist
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: A broad coalition of educational, environmental, health and civic organizations have just released a 2004 School Environmental Checklist today at media events across the country. The action checklist is designed to help parents, students and teachers identify...
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Breaking the Mold
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - School Projects
Summary: Asthma. Rising cancer rates. Viruses we have never heard of before. Just a few of the incredibly complex health problems that confront society today. What part does our environment play? That's the question EnviroMysteries sets out to answer. Through intrigu...
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CHEC's HealtheHouse A Resource for Environmental Health Risks Affecting Children
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - List - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Very interactive site. A virtual house starts the experience, however, explore the products, resources and protecting your kids sections for resources on how to reduce environmental health risks to children in and around the home (and in the classroom).
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Chemicals and Human Health
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This is a set of online activities for grades 6-12 and introductory university students. This interactive web site covers toxicology, the effects of metals on kidneys and basic lunch anatomy and function. Once activity allows students to collect and analyze...
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Children's Health Month 2006: Promoting Healthy School Environments
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Children spend a significant portion of their time in schools—more than in any other environment other than their homes. Children’s Health Month is a perfect opportunity to learn more about improving the health of your school environments. A link is provided f...
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Clean Energy-Environment Guide to Action
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: The Clean Energy-Environment Guide to Action identifies and describes 16 clean energy policies and strategies that states have used to meet their clean energy objectives. It describes how states are successfully expanding the role of clean energy in the U.S. e...
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Clean Green Healthy Schools: An Environmental Health and Safety Activities Book for Teachers and Students (March 2003)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: The goal of the Clean,Green and Healthy Schools Manual is to protect students and the school community's health and safety on campus and in the home. Every student has the right to attend a school whose environment, staff and training protects and nurtures ph...
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Controlling Lead in Drinking Water for Schools and Day Care Facilities: A Summary of State Programs
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report is designed to identify state programs that address issues of drinking water contamination that arises from the presence of lead. Chidlren are susceptible to adverse health effects from lead and exposure through water in schools and day care facil...
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Death by Particles
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students read a brief news article about a resesarch study showing that ambient particulate matter (PM) less than 10 micrometers in size and other air pollutants increase women's relative risk for coronary heart disease. Then they use data from the article to...
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Death of a Child After Ingestion of a Metallic Charm -- Minnesota, 2006
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Lead-based paint remains the most common source of lead exposure for chidlren under 6 years. Lead can be found in candy, folk and traditional medications and metallic toys and trinkets. This article describes an unsuspected source of lead that resulted in the...
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Detectives in the Classroom: An Epidemiology Curriculum for Science, Mathematics and Health Educators
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The Detectives in the Classroom is an interactive online curriculum developed for middle school students because:

1. During middle school students become increasingly independent and are faced with many health-related decisions that can profoundly affect...

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Dictionary of Toxins
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Glossary
Summary: This dictionary provides details on toxins, chemistry, affects, and health/environmental concerns.
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Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Children's Health
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Research - Web site
Summary: Children's Health is addressed through collaborations working as part of ECOS. This includes the National Childhood Asthma Prevention Campaign. They offer a report from the working group of representatives from state health and enviornmental agencies on strat...
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Environmental Health Curriculum, Lesson Plans, and Activities (K-12)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Educational activities designed to enhance science, health and environmental education lessons are provided through the SWEHSC. Additional resources (curricula, lesson plans, powerpoint presentation, and various links) support these goal.
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EPA's Asthma Research Results Highlights
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a report, "EPA's Asthma Research Results Highlights," that describes recent advances in scientists' understanding of the factors which cause and exacerbate asthma and that documents ways to reduce the burden...
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ERTV Web Site
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Environmental Response Television provides video programs of environmental events. They have an extensive list of videos including the Mercury Video News Release. They also produce "The Environmental Response News Magazine" which is a quarterly program that...
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Eyes: Windows to the World
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students read and discuss an article on vision disorders related to environmental exposures. Then they use the article as the basis for the creation of a photo collage using both their own photos and images collected from various sources. This is an integrat...
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Facts on Lead
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Background on lead (basic facts), childhood lead poisoning prevention strategies (in outline form)and current facts and figures.
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Farm to School
Type: Web site
Summary: The National Farm to School Network is a collaborative project with the goal of strengthening and expanding activities in states with existing programs and assisting others that do not yet have programs. As part of their network they provide links to states wi...
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Food for Thought: Healthy Habits for Back-top Schoolers and Beyond
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: As your kids return to the classroom this fall, are they being schooled in unhealthy eating? Here's how to protect their ability to learn by starting with a healthy diet and reducing exposures to brain-damaging toxins. This includes guideslines on what to do t...
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Getting the Lead Out
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: How are decision makers looking at the issues of potential pollutants and links to educational difficulties? Lead poisoning symptoms, sources, societal influences and how it affects learning are thoughtfully presented in this 6-page article by Erik Ness.
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Green Squad, Kids taking action for greener, healthier schools
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Language Options - Web site
Summary: An interactive tool for students that helps them understand their school their health and the environment and aids them in discovering what they might be able to do to improve the school environment.Interactive tools allow them to explore various rooms but the...
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Growing Up Healthy
Type: Article/Report - Research - Web site
Summary: The National Children's Study enters the implementation phase today with the release of a Study Plan, outlining objectives, methodologies, and measures related to the first years of the 21-year Study; the announcement of the locations across the United States...
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Hazardous Products Substitutes
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in both science and health education. Students will recognize signal words and visual symbols that indicate the presence of hazardous substances; identify "how much" of various products would be dangerous...
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Hazardous Routes
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used in health and English. Students will identify ways people dispose of household hazardous waste; identify the impacts these disposal methods have on health and the environment; suggest safe alternative man...
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HeadLice.org
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Current lice and scabies news, facts and photos, prevention and treatment, adverse reaction, product problems, education resources and free downloads and more can be accessed through this website.
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Health, Energy and Productivity in Schools Overview of the Research Program
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: A research program focused on obtaining quantitative data from elementary schools through a longitudinal study of indoor exposures of various influences on students and their reaction.
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Healthy Beginnings: Lead Safe Families
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary - Language Options
Summary: The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified lead poisoning as one of the most common toxicological hazards facing young children in the United States. Most homes built before 1978 have paint with lead, and children living in these homes are at risk for i...
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Healthy Schools Network, Inc
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A Kids' Page with online activities accompanies this website. An extensive list of internet resources provides access to a large variety of health-related organizations dedicated to healthy school environments and children. If you register you can download a...
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Healthy SEAT
Grade Level: High School
Type: Database
Summary: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (Healthy SEAT) is designed to be customized and u...
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Healthy SEAT
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Database
Summary: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (Healthy SEAT) is designed to be customized and u...
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Healthy SEAT
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Database
Summary: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (Healthy SEAT) is designed to be customized and u...
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Household Products Database
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Database - Web site
Summary: Searchable database of products, ingredients, and material safety data sheets for auto products, inside the home, pesticides, landscape/yard, personal care/use, home maintenance, arts & crafts and pet care.
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How Mother Bear Taught the Children about Lead
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: This book is written for Native American children. The format is an educational comicbook. It comes with additional games and activities as well as an accompanying teacher's guide.
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How Mother Bear Taught the Children about Lead Teacher's Guide
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: This teacher's guide complements the educational comic book How Mother Bear Taught the Children about Lead.
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IAQ Tools for Schools Kit - Ventilation Checklist
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Checklist
Summary: Checklists for administration, building maintenance, food service, health officer, integrated pest managmenet, renovation and repairs, school officials, teacher's classroom, ventilation, walk though inspection, and waste management are all available from this...
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IDEM Childrens' Health Environmental Education Lesson
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of childrens' environmental health terms and additional resources. The lessons focus on Integrated Pest Management and the ways in whic...
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In Katrina's Wake
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students will read the article "In Katrina's Wake," review geographhic information system (GIS) maps of the region identifying locations for hazardous materials, and discuss the variety of environmental health hazards resulting from Hurrican Katrina. Students...
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Indoor Air Program
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This is a portal to a variety of facts sheets and educational material links. Included are ABC's of Secondhand Smoke, Air Quality EnvironMinutes, Community Leader Kit for Women and Children, Sick Building Syndrome, Pesticides, Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide,...
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Is Lead hiding here?
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: What is lead, why should we care, sources of lead poisoning and symptoms of lead poisoning as well as research links are provided.
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Is Organic Food Worth the Extra Cost?
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students calculate the amount of pesticide residue in selected foods for two pesticides and determine if these levels are safe. Then they read an article about a research study looking for metabolites of these pesticides in children. Finally, they use this i...
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Kids' Pages at NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Language Options - Web site
Summary: The activities on the NIEHS Kids' pages are available in Spanish and in English. This includes hot topics and enviornmental health, science education, games and activities, and more.
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Know Where Lead Might be Hiding
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Checklist
Summary: Visual representation in a schematic house of places to look for lead.
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Lead and Mercury: Comparing Two Environmental Evils
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: In this media-based lesson, upper level high school students will analyze the physical, chemical and health risk similarities between lead and mercury. Then they assemble information about the presence of lead in chocolate and mercury in fish, along with the...
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Lead Paint Assistance/enforcement
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: A list of resources from EPA including "Protect Your Family from Lead in your Home" that is offered in six languages.
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Lead Paint Safety A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Glossary - Manual/Handbook
Summary: The guide is divided into five sections, The Basics, Before Your Start Work, Doing the Work, At the End of the Job, and Resources/Glossary. This publication is designed for building maintenance workers and their supervisors, painters, contractors, property man...
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Lead Poisoning Prevention Curriculum for Preschool Children and their Families
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: This lead poisoning prevention curriculum is designed to use with 4-5 year old students and Pre-K students. A teacher's guide, letters and information to and for parents as well as lessons, activities, songs and age appropriate materials are provided. One of...
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Lead Poisoning Prevention Curriculum Project
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: This guide combines traditional curriculum design with other designs including standards-based curriculum design. It has been developed for pre-k through high school with sections dedicated to preshool-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8 and high school. Each contains curricul...
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Lead: Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This very short glossary links to ATSDR and MMWR for comprehensive glossaries.
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Lead: Topic Home
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: Lead is a soft, heavy, blue-gray metal. It occurs naturally in the earth’s crust, and human activities such as burning fossil fuels, mining, and manufacturing have spread it throughout the environment, including our homes and workplaces. Fact sheets on lead,...
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Managing Asthma in the School Environment
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Links to 10 suggestions to manage asthma, including using the IAQ Tools for schools.
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Mercury and Schools
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Mercury and schools is a risky combination! A packet of nine new brochures has been developed to help school personnel identify mercury sources and reduce or remove the risk of a mercury spill. Mercury may be found in many different places throughout a school,...
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Mercury Brochures for Schools
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Nine brochures are offered to help school personnel identify mercury sources and steps necessary to reduce or remove the risk of mercury spills. These are available as PDF’s or HTML documents.
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Mercury in Your Community and the Environment (A Wisconsin Curriculum)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Facts, lessons, activites and links to national standards accompany general information on mercury in our world and known health issues. This also addresses cultural and religious uses of mercury as well as some of its unique properties.
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Nationwide Asthma Facts
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - List
Summary: This is a referenced list of asthma facts and statistics for the nation.
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New England Asthma Regional Council (ARC)
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: The mission of the New England Asthma Regional Council is "To reduce the impact of asthma across New England, through collaborations of health, housing, education, and environmental organizations with particular focus on the contribution of schools, homes, and...
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Nontoxic High Density Compounds
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: A new line of patented nontoxic thermoplastic composite materials that can replace lead and other traditional materials in other applications is being sold called Ecomass® Compounds. These composite materials are completely nontoxic and can be formulated to th...
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Outdoor Air Pollution
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Web site
Summary: With emphasis on asthma in children, this provides some basic information and actions to take to reduce irritations and asthma episodes.
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Pesticides in Schools and Childcares: What are the health risks?
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: A two-page announcement that identifies some of the primary concerns about pesticide exposure in schools and childcare facilities.
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Playing with Poison: Lead Poisoning Hazards of Children's Product Recalls 1990-2004
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 22-page document (pdf) reviews appropriate legislation and acts, provides facts and statistics and identifies surprisingly common toys and children’s products that have been recalled for lead hazards (including vending machine jewelry). The table of cont...
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Protecting Children's Health Slide Show
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This slide show provides a short (19 slides) position on environmental factos contributing to childhood health and diseases.
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Providing Safety & Hazard Information for the Arts
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: "ACTS is a not-for-profit corporation that provides health,safety, industrial hygiene, technical services and safety publications to the arts, crafts, museums, and theater communities." They offer a valuable selection of data sheets on a variety of art-related...
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Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, The
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: The five steps include switching to green cleaning products, introducing green equipment and supplies, adopting green cleaning procedures, using green paper and plastic products, and sharing the responsibility. Instruction for implementation and guidance for...
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Reduce your child's exposure to chemicals
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report
Summary: In addition to largely unknown chronic effects, many chemicals in common household products pose immediate danger if accidentally ingested. For those reasons, consumers should read labels carefully and choose products that appear to pose the lowest risk. It's...
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Reducing Asthma Triggers in Schools: Recommendations for Effective Policies, Regulations and Legislation
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report is a summary of recommendations for effective policies, regulations and legislation under consider or being created. The recommendations consider ventilation, maintenance, chemicals and products, design-construction-renovation, and the full recomm...
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School Health Index
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: The School Health Index is a self-assessment planning guide that will enable you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your school's policies and programs for promoting health and safety, develop an action plan for improving student health and safety,...
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School-Based Study of Complex Environment al Exposures and Related Health Effects in Children (Part A) Exposure
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: The objectives of this study are to (1) document complex exposure patterns involving multiple acute exposures and exposures to chemical mixtures for school children (K - 5) from two low-income, racially diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, (2) examine tempora...
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Schools Learn to Protect Students, Staff from Exposure to Asbestos Hazards
Type: Article/Report - Response Plans
Summary: Asbestos is still a presence in public buildings, including schools. This six-page report describes issues of asbestos, AHERA and the rules that need to be observed, and it provides guidelines for development of an Asbestos Management Plan. Published Septemb...
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Screening for Young Children for Lead Poisoning: Guidance for State and Local Public Health Officials
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 205-page document is available as a PDF and it contains guidelines and suggestions for lead poisoning prevention, statewide plans for childhood blood lead screening, role of child health-care providers and resources. Appendices provides facts and figures...
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Setting a New Syllabus: Environmental Health Science in the Classroom
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Environmental health is a subject that has only relatively recently become prominent in the social consciousness. Even as its significance becomes known, finding ways to integrate the subject into education for primary and secondary students is difficult becau...
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Soil Module from AMBIENT
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Database - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The AMBIENT curriculum soil module evolves around the scene of a legal action regarding an old hazard, lead poisoning of kids. Several news videos are included and lessons and problem solving are developed around these resources.
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Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey 2003
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report presents both age-adjusted and unadjusted statistics from the 2003 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) on selected health measures for children under 18 yesars of age, classified by sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, family structure, parent's ed...
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Suppliers of Non-lead Fishing Tackle
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: List
Summary: This is a PDF of non-lead fishing tackle suppliers.
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Teacher's Guide to Indoor Air Quality
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Glossary - List - Manual/Handbook
Summary: The National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center (NSC's EHC) and the US EPA have developed a Teacher's Guide to Indoor Air Quality. This guide is an excellent companion tool to accompany the IAQ Tools for Schools. The guide provides worksheets and an...
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Tox Town
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Database - Language Options - Web site
Summary: Tox Town is an interactive game that provides suggestions as to where toxic chemicals can be found in our daily lives, non-technical descriptions of chemicals, links and other resources. Tox Town uses color, graphics and creative ways in which middle school a...
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ToxFAQs for Mercury
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary - Language Options
Summary: This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about mercury. For more information, you may call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-888-422-8737. This fact sheet is one in a series of summaries about hazardous substances and their health eff...
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Toxic Tic-Tac-Toe
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students read an article about neurotoxicants in the environment and their effects on children. Then they assess what they have learned about the health effects, standards, and sources of these neurotoxicants by playing Toxic Tic-Tac-Toe. The link to the May...
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Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children's Health Database
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Database - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This is a searchable database, called TEACH (Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children's Health), with over 1,400 references to chemicals that have the potential to affect children's environmental health. The database is designed to improve the informatio...
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U.S. EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools For Schools Kit
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: Twenty percent of the U.S. population spends their days in elementary and secondary schools. And while most parents and teachers would probably accuse schools of being germ factories, that persistent cough and sniffles may not be the result of the latest bug g...
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Unequal Housing, Unequal Health
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The EHP lessons provide lessons for students that are linked to actual articles. The summary for this lesson is "students read the article Dwelling Disparities: How Poor Housing Leads to Poor Health" to obtain a comprehensive picture of how environmental heal...
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UV Bead Magic (Solar Beads)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Using ultraviolet detecting beads, students will be able to explain how the amount of UV radiation varies in differing conditions of sun and shade and they will be able to explain the importance of using sunscreen. (A source for solar energy beads is www.teac...
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What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Lisa Harrow

ISBN 1-931498-66-0

What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living is a directory for the who's doing what in sustainability education and action around the country. This is a simple guide for learning what in...

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What Should You Know About Chemicals in Your Cosmetics
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: You slather, spray, and paint them on and rub them in. Cosmetics are so much a part of your daily regimen that you probably never think twice about them. If they're on store shelves, it seems reasonable to figure that they're safe to use, despite those unprono...
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What's Your Hypothesis?
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students develop an hypothesis about the connection between air pollution and cardiovascular disease and then test this hypothesis using statistical analysis.
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Wood Working Toxic Woods
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Database
Summary: This is a searchable database of Health and Safety information for artists that identifies wood types, reaction types and sites, potency, source of irritant and the incidence. This identifies 46 different woods, both exotics and native woods.
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