Tools for Teachers
Find resources for making the connection between environment and health in your classroom.
The tools for teacher page provides activities and resources you can use with your class to stimulate learning about environmental health issues.
Why use Tox Town in the classroom?
- Tox Town presents information about the relationship between the environment and human health, as well as the connection between science, technology, society and health. These concepts correspond to ESS3 Earth and Human Activity domain area of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
- The site aids students in for searching information relevant to their own communities and supports social action.
- The information, vetted by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is easily accessed over the Internet: no fees, no registration, no advertising.
- Tox Town can be used in curricula that meet state standards in both science and other subjects: Reading, Social Studies, Technology, as well as interdisciplinary lessons.
- Careers (Society of Toxicology)
- Careers and Internships: Opportunities for Students (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Enviro-Health Links: Education, Careers, and Outreach (National Library of Medicine)
- Getting Your Own Lab Coat. Careers for You in Science and Research (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
- Outbreak at Watersedge: A Public Health Discovery Game (University of Minnesota) [en español]
- What is Public Health (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health)
These brief NLM-produced videos provide engaging, easy to understand information about the impact of the environment on human health.
What in the World is Arsenic? Arsenic in our Food. - While eating lunch, three students begin to wonder about the safety of eating foods that contain arsenic. Through their research, they will discover where arsenic is found, how it is used, and its effects on human health.
Silent but Leadly: Toxicity of Lead - Professor Plumbum takes intergalactic superhero Leadman on a historic tour about properties and uses of lead, convincing him to redesign his suit into something less… leadly.
Mercury and Our Health - An animation about mercury, where it is found, how it is used, and the effects on human health.
Super Mallio Brothers - This parody on a classic video game teaches students about the dangers of the chemicals used in the production of plastics for the environment and human health.
Farmtastic Plastic - In this animated adventure, Polly Mer guides Olivia through the process of “growing” plastics on a plastics farm, introducing her to concepts such as monomers and polymers in a game-like environment.
Phthalamon: Phthalates and Your Health - This lighthearted animation tackles phthalates, the chemicals used to make plastics more durable and flexible, and the risks they present to human health.
World of Plasticraft - Journey with Pollymer and two gameworld adventurers to a faraway land of Plasteroth. Here, leading a quest to forge the powerful Recy’clar sword, she will explain the different types of plastics and their recycling programs.
Monte Mold Chronicles - Join Monte Mold as he helps to explain how mold grows, its benefits to humans and the environment, and the potential risks to human health.
Robot ZERO's Ozone Adventure - Well-intentioned, but misguided outer space robot ZERO comes to Earth to help humans by spraying them with ozone. There, ZERO meets a scientist who explains ZERO’s mistake by helping him understand the difference between atmospheric and ground-level ozone.
Something in the Air: Particulate Matter and Your Health - Agents Aeon and Amethyst investigate toxic effects of Hawthorne Hipster’s unusual bonfire. An animation about particulate matter, where it is found, and its effects on human health.
Desalination: A Solution for Our Water Needs - Animated video on the desalination process.
- Chemicals and Human Health (University of Arizona)
- K - 12 Outreach (Society of Toxicology)
- Nanotechnology: Education and Training (National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network)
- TOXinvaders (National Library of Medicine) Environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad available free from the Apple Store.
- A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Climate Change LIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure (U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network, and Partners)
General Environmental Health and Environmental Science
- EnviroMysteries (Project of Maryland Public Television and Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education)
- Environmental Health Risk Assessment (Carleton College)
- Environmental Health Science Education (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
- Environmental Health Student Portal (National Library of Medicine)
- Hydroville Curriculum (Oregon State University, Environmental Health Sciences Center) Requires free registration. Some materials also for sale.
- Students Page (Environmental Protection Agency)
- The Return: A Native Environmental Health Story (Center for Ecogenetics & Environmental Health, University of Washington) (PDF - 6.45 MB)
- Estimating Health Risk - The Basics. YouTube Video (University of Michigan Risk Science Center)
- Health Risk 101 - What the Heck Does Health Risk Actually Mean? YouTube Video (University of Michigan Risk Science Center)
- What Is Environmental Health Science, and Why Should You Care? YouTube Video (University of Michigan Risk Science Center)