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National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Resources

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine has several online environmental health student resources that serve students from grades 1-12.  The information and data in these resources are free and vetted by science professionals.  The resources are versatile and can be used by science educators in their classrooms, in afterschool programs, in home school programs and by students for their academic research assignments.  We encourage you to use these resources and recommend them to interested groups.

NLM Environmental Health Student Resources:

  • ToxMystery (Grades 1-5): Interactive Web site that teaches elementary school students about toxic substances in the home.  Includes lesson plans and activities.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8): Provides middle school students and educators with information on common environmental health topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.
  • Household Products Database (Grades 6-12+): Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products ranging from personal hygiene products to landscape care products.
  • ToxTown (Grades 6-12+): Interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances.  Includes classroom materials.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Native Voices Exhibition Lesson Plans & Activities (Grades 6-12): The lesson plans and activities familiarize students with Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian healthcare by using the NLM Native Voices exhibition Web site content materials.
  • TOXMAP (Grades 9-12+): Uses maps of the United States to visually explore Superfund and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites and data from the EPA.  Includes classroom materials.
  • Toxicology Tutorials (Grades 9-12+): Written at the introductory college student level; tutorials teach basic toxicology principles.

New and Improved TOXMAP

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The NLM Specialized Information Services recently released a new TOXMAP website.  The new TOXMAP links to the beta version of the new Flash-based TOXMAP, and to the previous version of TOXMAP, renamed TOXMAP classic.  It also has a refreshed FAQ, News, Glossary, and video tutorials.

TOXMAP is a National Library of Medicine website that uses maps of the United States to show locations and information of toxic chemicals released by industrial facilities and declared hazardous waste sites.  The data is from the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund Program.  The maps can display demographic overlays such as population density, racial/ethnic groups, age groups, income data, and health data (cancer and disease mortality).

NLM Resources for Earth Day

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd and it will mark its 44th year. According to the Senator Gaylord Nelson & Earth Day Web site found on the EPA Earth Day Web page, “Earth day was the product of local grassroots action to increase environmental awareness but it also focused the nation’s political agenda on urgent environmental issues.”

As Earth Day approaches, take a look below at some National Library of Medicine “Environmental Health” resources for teachers, students and the general public that may help you celebrate Earth Day:

[forwarded from NLM Outreach to Specific Populations listserv]

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