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Adventures of the Lead Busters Club.

The Adventures of the Lead Busters Club was written by Joan Bothell, Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Maureen T. Mulroy, School of Family Studies; and Mary-Margaret Gaudio, Cooperative Extension System, University of Connecticut.

INTRODUCING THE

Club Members: Ms. Marble, Eliza Perez, Agatha Krispy, Henry Lee, and Sherman Holmes!

  Sherman Holmes

Lead in the Neighborhood

  Sherman Sherman Holmes,   Henry Henry Lee,
  Agatha Agatha Krispy, and   Elisa Elisa Perez,
  Elisa Perez
are in school.   School
  Ms. Marble Ms. Marble, their teacher, says to the class,
"There is something dangerous   Danger Sign
in our   Neighborhood  neighborhood. Do you know what it is?

Sherman   Sherman,  Henry  Henry,  Agatha  Agatha, and   Elisa  Elisa do not know.

  Ms. Marble Ms. Marble says, "We have lead in our   Neighborhood  
neighborhood. There is lead in old   Can of paint and paintbrush  paint. There
is lead in the   Dried paint flakes  flakes from old   Can of paint and paintbrush  paint.
There is lead in the   Dust from dried paint  dust from old paint."
  Henry Lee Lead is bad for you if it gets inside your body,"
says the teacher. "It can make you sick. It can hurt
your brain and make it hard for you to learn. But
you can keep lead out of your body. I'll tell you how."
  Agatha Krispy
  Ms. Marble

Ms. Marble's

Advice

Here is what   Ms. Marble   Ms. Marble says:


"First, you need to learn where to find lead
in our
  Neighborhood  neighborhood."
  • Lead   Can of paint and paintbrush  paint may be on old   Windows  windows and old   Doors  doors."
  • Lead   Can of paint and paintbrush  paint may be on old   Stairs  stairs and railings."
  • Lead paint may be on old   Porches  porches."
  • Lead   Can of paint and paintbrush  paint   Dust from dried paint  dust and   Dried paint flakes flakes may be in places where workers are fixing old houses."
  • Lead paint   Dust from dried paint  dust and   Dried paint flakes flakes may be in the dirt around old houses."



"Now here's what you can do to be safe
from lead," says   Ms. Marble Ms. Marble.

  • "Never, never touch paint   Dried paint flakes flakes."
  • "Never, never touch paint   Dust from dried paint  dust."
  • "Ask a grownup to wash away lead paint   Dried paint flakes flakes and   Dust from dried paint  dust with a damp soapy rag."
  • "Wash your   Hands  hands before you eat and after you play."
  • "Leave your   Shoes  shoes at the door and wear   Socks  socks or   Slippers  slippers in your house."
  • "Eat healthy foods, like lowfat   Milk  milk and   Yogurt  yogurt,   Fruits  fruits and   Veggies  vegetables,   Beans  beans, and lean   Meat  meat."

Sherman
and the
Lead Busters Club
Look for Lead

 

Sherman says, "I want to be safe from lead. I want to find dangerous lead in my neighborhood. I want to be a detective and find dangerous lead."

Henry says, "Me too."
Agatha says, "Me too."
Elisa says, "Me too."

Sherman says, "Let’s start a club. We can call it the Lead Busters Club. We can find dangerous Lead in our neighborhood." Henry, Agatha, and Elisa all say, "Yes! We want to be Lead Busters."


 

Agatha says,
"Let’s have a club motto. How about
  Magnifying glass  
'Looking for Lead'?"
  Sherman

Henry, Elisa, and Sherman agree.

Sherman says, "OK, Lead Busters, let’s go looking for lead." So they all go out and look for lead in their neighborhood.

The Lead Busters’ Neighborhood

How many lead dangers can you find?

Things to look for:
paint flakes and paint dust

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How many lead dangers can you find? (Circle the lead hazards you find)

  look for lead in the neighborhood

Write the number of lead hazards here:

Let’s Talk About It

Talk with your teacher, class, parents, and friends about what Sherman could do about these lead dangers. You can write about it in the space below.

Let’s Think About It

Where would you look for lead in your neighborhood? Write your answers below.

 

 

Make a Lead Busters Poster

Make your own lead-safety poster on a separate sheet of paper. You can draw or write anything that will help other people learn about how to be safe from lead. When you are finished, give the poster to your teacher, parent, or guardian.

Agatha fights lead.Agatha Fights Lead

Sherman says, "OK, Lead Busters. We found some dangerous lead. What should we do now?"

Agatha says, "Let’s tell some grownups about what we found."

Henry says, "What else?"

Agatha says, "Let’s stay away from lead paint flakes and lead paint dust."

Elisa says, "What else?"

Agatha says, "Let’s wash our hands before we eat and after we play."

Sherman says, "What else?"

Agatha says, "Let’s leave our shoes at the door and wear socks in the house."

Henry shouts, "Or slippers!"

 

Sherman says, "What else?"

Agatha says, "Let’s eat healthy foods like milk and oranges and broccoli and chicken."

Elisa says, "Broccoli? Yuck. Do I have to?"

All four yell, "We can be lead-safe. We’re the Lead Busters!"

Ms. Marble says, "Shhhhh."

 


Let’s Think About It

What can you do if you see lead dangers in your neighborhood?
Write your answers below:
 

The Lead Busters' Clubhouse Game

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  Gameboard for Lead Busters Clubhouse Game

 

Elisa Saves the Day!

Elisa sees a window. Elisa sees a window
with old paint.
Elisa sees a window with
old paint and paint flakes.
Window Old paint Paint flakes
Elisa sees her baby brother. Elisa sees her
baby brother
near the window.
Elisa says,
"Stop! Don't touch!"
Baby brother Baby near the window Stop. Don't Touch!
  1. Elisa washes her brother’s hands with soap and water.
  2. Elisa tells a grownup about the old paint and paint flakes.
  3. The grownup knows how to clean up the paint flakes with a damp soapy rag.
  4. Elisa saves the day!

The Lead Busters’ Clubhouse
Word Search

Search the puzzle box for the nine words listed below.

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Find and circle the nine words listed below.

  Word search applet

Want to check your answers?

 

 

 


 

 

ANSWERS!

  Answers to Word Search Game

  Henry Worries  




The Lead Busters are meeting to talk about lead.

Henry is worried. He knows that some paint has lead, and he’s afraid to use his paint box and finger-paints.

Agatha is worried too. She has a pencil. She heard someone call it a "lead pencil." She’s afraid to use her pencil.

Henry asks their teacher, Ms. Marble, for help.

Ms. Marble says they do not have to worry.

Henry’s Box of paints paint box is safe.
It is marked "nontoxic."
That means there is no lead in the paint.
  CP Nontoxic

 

  CP Nontoxic Henry’s finger-paints are safe too.
They are marked "nontoxic."
That means there is no lead in the finger-paints.


Agatha’s pencil is safe. A long time ago, pencils had lead in them. But today there is no lead in pencils.

Remember: Always ask a grownup if you are worried about lead.

 

Let’s Write About It

Do you have any questions about lead? You can write them here:



Who are some grownups you can ask about lead? You can write their names here:

Join the Lead Busters Club Now!

Do you want to join the Lead Busters Club? If you want to, you can take the club pledge:

Lead Busters Club Pledge

I promise to look out for lead dangers.
I promise to tell a grownup if I see any lead dangers.
I promise to keep away from lead paint dust and paint flakes.
I promise to wash my hands before I eat and after I play.
I promise to leave my shoes at the door and wear socks or slippers in my house.
I promise to eat healthy foods.

After you take the pledge, you and your friends can pick a secret password for your own Lead Busters Club. Write your secret password here and "print" this page if you would like a copy of the pledge and password:

You can also print a copy of the Leadbuster's Club Certificate of Membership!

  Lead Busters Club Certificate

Healthy Food Quiz

Some foods can help keep your body safe from lead. These healthy foods include fruits and vegetables, beans, lean meats, lowfat dairy foods, and rice, bread, and cereal. Other foods do not help keep your body safe from lead. These foods have a lot of sugar, fat, or salt. If you eat them, eat only small amounts and eat them only once in a while.
 

Which foods on the list below can help keep your body safe from lead?

Put an "X" beside the healthy foods.
Put an "O" beside the foods that do not help keep your body safe from lead.

Apple Apple pie Beans
Bread Broccoli Carrots
Cereal Cheese Chocolate candy bar
Corn chips Cupcakes Doughnuts
French fries Hot dogs Milk (lowfat)
Oatmeal Oranges or orange juice Peaches
Peanut butter Popcorn (plain or
with a little butter and salt)
Potato chips
Rice Roasted chicken Tuna
Yogurt (lowfat)        
Check your answers!

 

Healthy Food Quiz Answers

X Apple O Apple pie X Beans
X Bread X Broccoli X Carrots
X Cereal X Cheese O Chocolate candy bar
O Corn chips O Cupcakes O Doughnuts
O French fries O Hot dogs X Lowfat Milk
X Oatmeal X Oranges or
orange juice
X Peaches
X Peanut butter X Popcorn (plain or with
a little butter and salt)
O Potato chips
X Rice X Roasted chicken X Tuna
X Lowfat Yogurt
 

 
  Hand towels

Get the Lead Out Rap

(to be sung to any appropriate rap beat)


Lead is bad, it can make you sick.

You can get the lead out with this easy trick.

Take warm water and add some soap

Rub your hands together, now don't say "nope."

Clean between your fingers, then rinse and rinse.

Sing this little ditty -- it gives you the hints.

Get the lead out, get the lead out.

Get the L-E-A-D lead out!
  Sink
  Lead Busters Club Ending  

The End!

Credits

Teacher's Guide