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Lesson Plans & Activities

Looking for some resources to help you teach kids about environmental health? Here are some good sources for lesson plans, activities, educational materials, and more.

Classroom Materials for Teachers

 Grade Levels

Classroom Activities
Find simple strategies and activities that you can use effectively communicate complex ideas on toxicology to students.

Curricular Material
Find a variety of educational materials, many of which are standards-based, to expose your students to environmental health concepts.

Lesson Resources
Use these factsheets, booklets and news articles to enhance your science lessons.

NIEHS Resources

NIEHS Tours

As part of its education outreach efforts, NIEHS offers educational tours/visits of the Institute in Research Triangle Park, NC. The tours offer area K thru 12 and college/university students and teachers the opportunity to learn about a wide range of fascinating topics related to environmental health, along with an inside look at some of the career options available to those who are considering employment in biomedical research.

Institute tours are conducted weekdays during normal business hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) and are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Tour groups are limited to 50 participants. 

Professional Development
Learn about professional development opportunities around the country and research opportunities at NIEHS

Other Resources

Teachers’ Domain; Environmental Public Health 
Digital media for the classroom and professional development

The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity 
NIH Curriculum Supplement for Middle School, Grades 7- 8

Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry  
NIH Curriculum Supplement for Middle School, Grades 7- 8

Chemicals, the Environment, and You: Explorations in Science and Human Health
A free, teacher-ready curriculum supplement from the National Institutes of Health.

BAM! Body and Mind Teacher’s Corner  
Interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to national education standards for science and health

NOAA Climate Services; Teaching Resources 
Educational resources and climate education collections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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