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The Story
The Explanation
Students enter the science classroom on lab activity day.
It's important to come to school. Some labs are not able to be redone.
Most get out their daily supplies and sit quietly, waiting for instructions.
Writing objectives in your planner and waiting for directions is essential.
Two students enter the room practicing the latest wrestling moves they saw on television.
Horseplay means taking up more space than you need to. In lab people get hurt and equipment gets damaged. Horseplay is NOT tolerated.
The teacher describes the lab activity, which involves using matches to light Bunsen burners. She explains that the burners will be used to determine the melting points of different chemicals.
It is just as important to pay attention to verbal instruction as well as written directions.
After receiving instructions, the students begin the activity.
Playing with equipment before instructions can cause injury or ruin the lab and sometimes both.
Sally puts her hair in a ponytail, rolls up her long sleeves and puts on her safety goggles.

Long hair and loose clothing can get caught in machinery or fall into chemicals or flame. If you need to hold your hair to get a drink of water at the fountain you MUST tie hair back in lab.

Goggles are for everyone. You MUST prepare for accidents before they occur.

Eric, thinks they look freakish so he leaves his goggles on the table.

Goggles are non-negotiable. We all wear them so we'll all look freakish together! By that logic none of us will look freakish.

John quickly lights a match without closing the matchbook cover and then throws the smokey, smoldering match into the wastebasket.

Be aware that you are likely holding other matches in your hand when you generate fire. Keep them away from the match you are striking.

Drop the match in some water before you throw it away.

Simone, wondering what chemical #2 is, dips her pinky finger into it and takes a little taste.

There is nothing wrong with wondering what something is, however you are NOT to taste unknown substances.

Tasting mystery chemicals might be the last thing you ever do! Taking open drinks from someone you don't know or trust is a HUGE mistake.

She can’t figure out what the substance is so she brings the container close to her nose and inhales the fumes.

Lab safety is Life Safety! Huffing or inhaling mystery substances is one of the quickest ways to ruin your brain and lungs. Death is just a matter of time if you participate in this activity. THIS INCLUDES SMOKING!! Why would you pay someone to give you cancer? Quit it !!

(Parents, your kids need you around healthy. You don't want to be attached to an oxygen tank for your grandkids do you?)

Her friend, Sheena, carefully measures out a sample of chemical #2 using the spoon that is in container number two.
Use the right tool for the job.
Running out of patience, Sam uses the spoon from the container for chemical #3 to measure out a sample of chemical #4.
Imagine using the cup in the laundry detergent to measure out sugar for a batch of cookies. Mixing chemicals is a wasteful contamination and can be DEADLY!
Eddy takes too much of chemical #6 so he just puts the extra back into the container.

You wouldn't pour milk back into the jug after drinking only half a glass would you? This is called CONTAMINATION. Once something comes out of its container it DOES NOT go back in. Please take care to measure correctly the first time.

On the other side of the room, Dustin raises his goggles to his forehead during a conversation with Crystal about the upcoming events for the weekend.
It doesn't matter how cute Crystal is. If you are not focused accidents will happen. Lifting your goggles is an invitation for disaster. Remember, no one looks freakish if we all wear our goggles.
Susan asks her teacher for permission to leave her lab station to use the restroom.
I need to know where you are at all times.
Jennifer is thirsty and takes a sip of a clear liquid from a container that is on the counter top.
OK, so you're thirsty. Ask to go to the drinking fountain. Just because a solution is clear DOES NOT MAKE IT WATER! Lighter fluid looks like water but it would be VERY harmful to drink.
Alex is starting to get a little dizzy from all the smoke in the room and does not tell his teacher. He continues to get more light-headed.
You must let me know what is going on.
While checking for melting points, Bobby carefully uses his hand to wave the odor coming from a chemical toward his nose.
"Wafting" is an acceptable way to test the odor of a chemical without exposing yourself to dangerous levels of fumes.
His partner, Ryan, begins to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that he has taken from his backpack.

NO eating in lab. Imagine if your food became contaminated and then you ate it! You wouldn't sweep up sugar that spilled to the floor and then put it in a batch of cookies...would you?


During the lab, Ryan then decides to leave the classroom to get a drink of water after eating the peanut butter sandwich.
You don't get to decide to leave the classroom. Ask first please.
The wastebasket that John threw his match into begins to flame.
It's NOT wise to place a hot match in a basket of fuel.
Zachary notices the fire and immediately tells his teacher.
If you see something that doesn't look right, let me know.
The bell is about to ring, Mary begins to clean up her lab station. She uses hot pads to take the beaker away from the flame.

Cleaning your station will keep accidents from happening. Do not leave a mess.

Use hot pads or tongs to carry hot items. Make certain you use both hands.

Megan picks up the hot beaker with her bare hands. She is startled by how hot the beaker is and accidentally knocks the beaker to the floor.

You must be aware of your surroundings. If you do get burned then you MUST do the following:

1. run cool water over the burn

2. tell Mr. Hughes what happened

Megan gets a small cut on her finger from cleaning up the broken glass beaker.
Accidents will happen and we will take care of them. That being said, YOU MUST NEVER clean up glass. Let me know about broken glass and I will clean it up.
It only bleeds a little bit so she wipes her finger with a paper towel she found on the lab table instead of a fresh sheet and leaves the room for her next class without cleaning.
Don't contaminate your boo boo. There is no telling what kind of grime and goo would be on a random paper towel on the table. It was likely used to wipe dirt off the its part of your bloodstream. Good call :(
While exiting the class, Judy decides that she still needs to re-read the lab activity just in case the teacher asks her questions about the lab tomorrow.
Not really safe or unsafe but most certainly it is WISE to read the lab again to make sure you know what happened.
Cindy decides that reading the lab activity is a waste of her time so she throws it away.
Not a good move to throw anything out. EVERYTHING we do goes into your 3 ring binder.
Kelly makes sure her lab station is cleaned up before she heads for her next class.
Make your station better than you found it.