ERIC Number: ED462183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Let's Get the Lead Out.
Hall, Anne; Martin, Anne; Zuccarini, Anna
Recognizing that many families might be unaware that their home may contain lead hazards, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 issued a grant to the University of Illinois-Chicago to develop a model curriculum for junior high school students on the risks of lead in the home and environment. This integrated seven-lesson unit of study allows teachers to incorporate special topics into existing curriculum units. Each lesson is designed to be used individually. The lessons are: (1) "The Leading Role of Lead," concerning the qualities of lead; (2) "LEADing the Way," presenting information on a history of the uses of lead; (3) "Lead Flakes," demonstrating that water can contain lead; (4) "Don't Be a Leadbelly," concerning where lead is stored in the body and where it can do damage; (5) "Getting the Lead Out!," making students familiar with lead abatement procedures and allowing students to survey their homes; (6) "Family Lead Alert: Students as Teachers," in which students profile their families to determine if their nutritional practices prevent unnecessary lead absorption; and (7) "LEADing Questions," incorporating creative problem solving regarding lead in the environment. Each lesson includes learning objectives, an introductory statement, a list of necessary materials, management suggestions, procedural instructions, safety concerns (if necessary), extension suggestions, and assessment ideas. "The Lead Detectors," a radio script and audiotape intended to be listened to or performed by middle school students (with accompanying poster) is provided as a companion to the curriculum. The play's radio mystery format allows students to perform without scenery, props, costumes, or line memorization. (Contains 32 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago, IL. Region 5.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Chicago. School of Public Health.
Note: Joan Maute, Project Coordinator and Editor. The companion audiotape, "The Lead Detectors" is not available from ERIC. The appended radio script "The Lead Detectors (A Mystery Regarding the Dangers of Lead" was written by David Anderson; Music and lyrics by Joan Maute. Illustrations by Bob Provost. Produced by Studio 2.