Hazardous waste teaching resources
Hazards on the Homefront: A Teacher's Guide to Household Hazardous Waste contains hands-on lessons on how our health and the environment are affected by household hazardous products, and how proper disposal of these products and the use of safer alternatives can help protect us. The lessons encourage students to apply academic skills and subjects to real-life situations.
Two versions of the guide are available – one for teachers of grades 4-6 (last updated in 2010) and one for teachers of grades 6-12 (last updated in 2009). Both the elementary and secondary guides can be downloaded in their entirety or by individual lessons on the Washington Department of Ecology website external link . For a printed version in a binder or a CD version, contact Donna Miscolta.
Watch videos that demonstrate how to teach lessons from the Hazards on the Homefront teacher guide for grades 4-6.
- Lesson 1: Household Hazardous Products
- Lesson 2: Looking at Labels
- Lesson 4: Disposal of Our Household Hazardous Waste
- Lesson 5: Safer Substitutes
Lesson extensions and adaptations
An extension of Lesson 6 for secondary students helps them learn about integrated pest management and solve a common pest problem.
Use these presentations to guide or supplement your classroom lessons on household hazardous waste:
- Disposal of our hazardous wasteDownload PDF 1.3 M
- Introduction to Hazards on the HomefrontDownload PDF 780
Note: If you would like the PowerPoint versions of the above presentations, contact Donna Miscolta.
The following lessons from the guide are adapted for English Language Learners:
- Lesson Two – Label ReadingDownload PDF 650
- Lesson Four – DisposalDownload PDF 550
- Lesson Five – Safer AlternativesDownload PDF 1.4 M
- Product PhotographsDownload PDF 1 M
- Bioaccumulation CardsDownload PDF 1.2 M
Use these cards to play the bioaccumulation game described in Lesson 3 of the Hazards on the Homefront guide for grades 6-12. Download a copy of Lesson 3 external link
- Green Cleaning Project GuideDownload PDF 400
This guide provides activities and projects that increase students’ awareness of safer alternatives to household hazardous cleaning products.
- Pesticide Alternatives WorksheetDownload PDF 35
This worksheet helps your students identify important information on pesticide product labels and consider safer alternatives to pest and weed problems in the garden.
- Toxic-Free Bingo cardsDownload PDF 1.5 M and Bingo keyDownload PDF 100
Use these Toxic-Free Bingo cards and Bingo key from Lesson 5 of the Hazards on the Homefront teacher guide to help your students learn safer alternatives to household hazardous products.
Carlie Jonas, McKnight Middle School, Renton, WA
- Green Cleaning Product Show FlyerDownload PDF 130
- Green Cleaning Products Show - Project OutlineDownload PDF 40
- Green Cleaning Cost - Analysis AssignmentDownload PDF 20
- Final Teacher Report on Green Cleaning UnitDownload PDF 35
Paula Konrady, St. Luke School, Shoreline, WA
- Teacher report on native garden projectDownload PDF 100
Jessica Levine, Eckstein Middle School, Seattle, WA
- Multilingual poster project descriptionDownload PDF 240
- Student assignment sheet and grading rubricDownload PDF 30
Barbara Shelton and Kim McHenry, Tahoma Junior High School, Ravensdale, WA
- Lesson planDownload PDF 30 on effects of household hazardous materials and urban activities on water quality
- Project scenariosDownload PDF 115
- Could This Be Your Favorite Lake?Download PDF 6 M
Find facts and actions about keeping waterways healthy.
- Do You Want the Best Makeover Ever?Download PDF 350
Find facts and actions about personal care products.
- Love Your Mother?Download PDF 200
Find facts and actions to keep Mother Earth safe.
- Make Sure You Protect Your PetDownload PDF 150
Find facts and actions to keep your pet safe from toxins.