Educator Resources

Downloadable, Free Resources Created by the EDGE Center

All of the following resources have been created by the Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment (EDGE) and are available to the general public for free download. Some of the materials will still reference our old name, the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH). The Center changed its name in July 2016 with the renewal of our grant from NIEHS. If you have questions about any of the resources listed here, please contact Marilyn Hair (marhair@uw.edu), 206-685-8244

Additional EDGE resources that might be useful in a classroom setting are available from our Community Resources page

Title Grades (Format, Length) Description File Info

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson:

Electronic Cigarettes

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. The lesson explores the use and safety of electronic cigarettes, compares e-cigarettes with conventional cigarettes, and opens discussion of vaping of hash oil (THC). Includes lesson plan, factsheet, and student worksheet. This lesson aligns with Washington State EALRs. 90 minutes or 2 50-minute class periods. 

View/Download the Lesson Plan and Factsheet (1.0 MB)

 

 

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson:

GMO Salmon

 

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. The lesson introduces genetically modified organisms through a case study of GMO salmon. Background is provided about GMOs and reasons they are developed, regulation, examples of GMO foods, and ethical issues. Student groups are given one of four editorials (two pro-GMO, two anti-GMO) and asked to analyze the editorial to identify message, point of view, and stakeholders. PDF includes lesson plan, factsheet, and 4 student worksheets. 50-minute class period. View/Download the PDF (427 KB)

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: 

Artifacts Activity & Granola Bar Choices Activity

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. A 30 minute classroom activity to introduce nutrition, organic versus conventional foods, packaging, labeling and consumer choices. Can also use non-food artifacts for students to consider. View/Download the PDF (39 KB)

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson:

Introduction to Health. Environment + Genes + Choices = Your Health

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. The lesson will introduce students to the interaction between the environment, genetics, and personal choices, and their effect on one's health. Lesson plan includes three activities: (1) Circle in a Circle (included in the PDF), (2) Your Money or Your Life (listed separately in this table), and (3) Family Tree Activity (also listed separately in this table). This lesson aligns with Washington State EALRs. 2+ 50-minute class periods.  View/Download the PDF (  KB)

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson:

Introduction to Health. Health Equation Activity

 

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. A 50-minute hands-on activity that will help students identify the connections between genetics, the environment and personal choices, and how they affect our health. View/Download the PDF (90 KB)

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: 

Introduction to Health. Family Tree Activity 

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. In this activity, students research the environmental and genetic medical conditions in their own family or in the people they live with. After they complete the family tree, students create an informational brochure about a medical condition in their own family and share with family members, who provide feedback. This activity is also part of the lesson Introduction to Health. Environment + Genes + Choices = Your Health in this table. View/Download the PDF (257  KB)

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: 

Introduction to Health. Health Unit Organizing Activity

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. This activity serves as an Introduction to Health class. Students generate or are given a list of health topics and write each topic on its own sticky note. Students then place the sticky note on an enlarged Venn Diagram posted on a wall, placing it on the circle (Environment, Genes, or Choices) where they think it belongs, or across two circles if they think the topic overlaps. A group of teachers can take part in this activity using the topics taught in Health Class. 50-minute class period. View/Download the PDF (90 KB)

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: 

Introduction to Health. What is Environmental Health?

Grades 6-8 Curriculum. This 48-slide powerpoint presentation introduces the subject of environmental health. Contents includes definitions, hazards, and the seven core concepts of environmenal health: (1) toxicity, (2) exposure, (3) dose/response, (4) individual susceptibility, (5) risks and benefits, (6) environmental justice, and (7) community resources to find more information and/or take action. The PDF suggests ways to use short portions of the powerpoint for environmental health lessons.

View/Download the PDF (77 KB)

View/Download the Powerpoint presentation (6.4 MB)

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: 

Introduction to Health. Your Money or Your Life

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. A role play activity designed to promote discussion and critical thinking about the issues of genetic testing and pesticide exposure. The activity is carried out with groups of 4 participants and is appropriate for middle and high school students as well as adults. This activity is also a part of the lesson Introduction to Health. Environment + Genes + Choices = Your Health in this table.  View/Download the PDF (90 KB)

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson:

Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. This hands-on lesson explores the characteristics of nine different sugars, sugar substitutes, and artificial sweeteners. Learning objectives include helping students understand the similarities and differences between the nine products, identify the sweeteners in different foods, discuss the benefits and risks of various sugars and sugar substitutes for different stakeholders (for example, diabetics and dieters), and consider their own choice of sweeteners. Includes lesson plan, student worksheet, and powerpoint presentation. This lesson aligns with Washington State EALRs. 50-minute class period.

View/Download the PDF (104  KB)

View/Download the Powerpoint presentation (7.5 MB)

ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson:

Sunscreen and UV Radiation

Grades 9-12 Curriculum. This hands-on lesson asks students to test the effect of ultraviolet (UV) light on UV-sensitive beads using plain lotion and sunscreens with varying SPF levels. Students will gain a better understanding of Exposure, an Environmental Health Core Concept. Students evaluate what they observe and consider how to apply this exercise to their personal choices about UV exposure and sunscreen use. Includes lesson plan, factsheet, student worksheet, and supply list. This lesson aligns with Washington State EALRs. 55-minute class period. 

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ATHENA Environmental Health Resource:

7 Core Concepts of Environmental Health posters

Grades 9-12 Classroom resource: This slideset includes a slide for each of the 7 Core Concepts of Environmental Health:  Toxicity, Exposure, Dose/Response, Individual Susceptibility, Risks and Benefits, Environmental Justice, and Community Resources and Action. Slides can be printed (8x11"), laminated, and posted in the classroom for a visual of the over-arching concepts of the environmental health lessons. View/Download the powerpoint (354 KB)
Environmental Health Fact File: ASTHMA Grades 6-8 Curriculum, 198 pages. A collection of integrated lesson plans designed to introduce middle school students to the topics of asthma and environmental health. This curriculum provides EALR aligned lesson plans to teachers in a variety of subjects. At least two lessons are provided for each subject. The lessons are designed to be stand alone units, allowing teachers to mix and match lessons and present them in any order. Resource materials are also included to help school librarians who are facilitating student research projects. This Fact File is also a valuable resource for school nurses, out of school programs, and parents. Also available in Spanish, 50 pages.

View/Download the PDF (12.7 MB)

Spanish Version View/Download the PDF (1.8 MB)

Environmental Health Fact File: DIABETES Grades 6-8 Curriculum, 168 pages. A collection of integrated lesson plans designed to introduce middle school students to the topics of diabetes and environmental health. This curriculum follows the same format as the Fact File on Asthma described above, although the content is tailored to New Mexico, as it was developed by our grant partners at University of New Mexico. View/Download the PDF (3.9 MB)
Environmental Health Fact File: LEAD Grades 6-8 Curriculum, 226 pages. A collection of integrated lesson plans designed to introduce middle school students to the topic of lead and its effects on human health.This curriculum follows the same format as the Fact File on Asthma described above. Also available in Spanish, 200 pages.

View/Download the PDF (11.3 MB)

Food and Health Map Grades 9-12 Graphic depiction of the Food System, considering food safety, transportation, food policy, health and more. 8x17" legal size View/Download the PDF (265 KB)
Genetics & Epigenetics Grades 3-8 Poster, 8.5" by 11". A printable poster that provides a simple explanation of the difference between genetics and epigenetics. View/Download the PDF (122 KB)
The Health & Environment Activities Research Tool (HEART) Grades 6-8 Curriculum, 92 pages. A collection of worksheets and resources that helps teachers engage their students in locally relevant environmental health research projects. These inquiry-based materials provide the scaffolding necessary for students to successfully identify and investigate how things in their environment impact their health. Portions of the curriculum are also available in Spanish, 40 pages.

View/Download the PDF (5 MB)

 

Quicksilver Web Module Grades 6-8 Online Game. The Quicksilver Question Web Module introduces students to the connections between historic gold mining, mercury contamination, fish consumption and human health. In this web-based learning adventure, visitors explore the fictional town of Quicksilver, Washington, searching for a series of key documents that will help them decide if fish from the local lake are safe to eat. Link to online module (Flash plug-in required)
Quicksilver Web Module: Teacher's Manual Grades 6-8 Module Supplement, 122 pages. As a companion to the online module, the Quicksilver Teacher's Manual provides a collection of print-based extension lessons for teachers of science, language arts, math, and social studies in grades 6 through 8. View/Download the PDF (6.8 MB)
Role Play Activity: Seafood from Puget Sound - How Much Can We Safely Eat? Grades 6-12 Classroom Activity, 28 pages. This activity is designed to get students or community members thinking critically about the complex issue of seafood safety. Participants take on three different roles to explore a hypothetical situation related to the topic. View/Download the PDF (1.1 MB)
Role Play Activity: Your Money or Your Life? Grades 6-12 Classroom Activity, 7 pages. This activity is designed to get students or community members thinking critically about the complex issue related to workplace genetic testing for disease susceptibility. Participants read a two-part narrative, answer questions related to the reading, and are given an outcome based on their decision-making. View/Download the PDF (122 KB)
What is Environmental Health?
(8.5" by 11")
All Grades Poster, 8.5" by 11". Features our EH Venn diagram that visually represents the relationship between environment, genes, choices and health. Available in two sizes.

View/Download the PDF (4.7 MB)

Useful Links to Outside Resources

There are many web-based resources out there with environmental health information aimed at educators and students. Here is a short list of the best of the best, however, to get your started exploring!

America's Children and the Environment (ACE). This section of the EPA's web site is a great place to learn about the unique challenges children and pregnant women face from environmental hazards.

ATSDR A-Z Index. Created and maintained by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), this site is a great place to start learning about specific toxic substances.

Environmental Health News is an excellent portal to current news stories and research results related environmental health. It is a great site to make your home page and get the latest news everyday - all from one site! Or you can choose to subscribe to the daily e-newsletter Above the Fold and have the headlines delivered directly to your inbox every morning.

Northwest Association for Biomedical Research Teachers Pages. This site is a excellent portal into a wide range of resources related to ethics education, including events, workshops, curricula and lesson plans.

The Environmental Health Science Education page of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) web site. This page is an excellent place to start when looking for high quality and scientifically sound curricula, lessons, and professional development oppportunities. The site is updated regularly and serves as a clearing house for education resources developed by NIEHS grantees such as our Center.

Toxipedia is a smart, cutting-edge resource for all things toxicology and environmental health related. Set up as a "wiki," it strives to "present scientific information in a clear and compelling way and to empower people to make choices that protect their own health and the health of families, communities, and the environment." The site offers articles and resources about toxic chemicals, diseases, regulations, consumer products, ethical issues, the history of toxicology, and more.

TOXMAP: Environmental Health e-Maps. Also produced by the National Library of Medicine, this interactive mapping site lets you enter an address or zip code and see a map showing all the Superfund sites and industries that report releases of toxic substances in that area. The site uses data from the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program and Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) to populate the maps, making them up-to-date and reliable.

Tox Town, by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This site is an awesome, interactive tool to learn about environmental health and toxic chemicals you might encounter in everyday life. You can choose to explore a town, city, US-Mexico border, farm, or port to learn about suburban, urban, rural, border, and coastal health risks. The entire site is also available in Spanish.

The Washington Toxics Coaltion website offers more local information for Washington State educators. This non-profit group works to protect public health and the environment by eliminating toxic pollution. Their site includes updates on legislative action, ways to get involved, and a blog.

The World Health Organization's Environmental Health Page is a great place to access resources such as fact sheets and multimedia presentations for a more global perspective. These pages are also available in Spanish and several other languages.