The students will learn about the dangers of lead poisoning, the common symptoms, where it is found, and what they can do to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in the home.
Pass out the Lead Poisoning Fact Sheet. Divide the class into small groups and each group will be responsible for presenting one of the sections A-E. Try to find and distribute the following additional handouts: a brochure on lead poisoning and a list of local clinics that provide free or low cost blood tests. (Try local organizations and the Online Resources.) The students should present their sections with writing and drawing samples and skits. Encourage the students to discuss their section before beginning the presentation preparation.
The students will be reading the Lead Poisoning Fact Sheet and other handouts as part of the "Critical Discussion" presentation activity.
The students will be writing, drawing and creating skits as part of the "Critical Discussion" presentation activity
The student groups will make their presentations. Make sure each student has the complete Lead Poisoning Fact Sheet and the other handouts. Students should follow along with these materials as the other groups present. At the end of each presentation, the students should have time to clarify any vocabulary or concept before moving on.
Have the students call the state and local health department or local clinics to find out where they can access free or low cost lead poisoning blood tests. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to become more involved with their community, more aware of the services available, and make them the active participants in their families' health.
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