Environmental Health and Chemistry Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Primary NN/LM MAR Contact: Lydia N. Collins / Consumer Health Coordinator / lydia@pitt.edu

These selected free resources are good starting points for information on environmental and chemistry topics for K-12 students. Some resources are available in both English and Spanish and may include lesson plans, instructional templates, and resource lists.

  • ToxMystery
    • Created to help children from 7-11 years old learn about household chemical hazards
    • Toxie the Cat helps kids find the hazards hidden in each room and offers hints when needed
    • Also available in Spanish
  • Tox Town
    • Suitable for Grades 6-12
    • A guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, including classroom materials
    • Also available in Spanish
    • Includes a curriculum that is suitable for middle school students.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal
    • Suitable for Grades 6-8
    • Provides a safe, useful resource to learn how the environment can impact our health
    • Explores topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemical
  • Household Products Database
    • Suitable for Grades 6-12
    • Includes 11,000+ consumer brands to health effects
    • Some Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers
    • Allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients
  • ChemIDplus
    • Suitable for Grades 7-12
    • Allows users to search compound identifiers, such as chemical name or CAS Registry Number, of 370,000+ chemicals
    • Simply type in the name of a substance of interest to you
    • Users can draw their own structures and perform similarity and substructure searches.
  • Additional Environmental Health and Chemistry resources: NN/LM MAR K-12 Professionals Resource Guide