ToxRAP is an innovative, hands-on curriculum series designed to teach students
in grades K-9 how to evaluate an environmental health problem. It uses a framework
that draws upon concepts from toxicology, environmental health risk assessment
and risk management. ToxRAP
is divided into three modules, each centered around a case study adapted from
real-life situations. In each module, students role play environmental scientists
and are introduced to careers in toxicology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene
and medicine. Through age-appropriate, hands-on, investigative science and math
activities, students learn to recognize, evaluate and, when necessary, control
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By the Environmental
Health Sciences Institute at
The State University of New Jersey Rutgers
Case of the Green Feathers (Grades K-3)
Students use the ToxRAP Framework and Map to explain how natural air contaminants,
such as pollen, can cause allergic and asthmatic reactions. Students read an
illustrated oversized children's book that tells the story of Chick Chock, a
baby chick who awakens from a nap sneezing and covered with green dust.
is Wrong with the Johnson Family? (Grades 3-6)
Students become environmental health scientists and use the ToxRAP Framework
and Map to conduct an investigation into the Johnson family's unexplained health
problems. Activities and games help students to solve the mystery -- carbon
monoxide is leaking from a furnace that has a blocked chimney.
Illness Strikes the Sanchez Household (Grades 6-9)
Students assume the role of environmental health scientists to help the Sanchez
family discover the cause of their health problems. A simulated health hazard
investigation following the ToxRAP Framework and Map guides students to an explanation
-- lead-based paint dust was released during renovation work.
As a result
using ToxRAP, students are able to describe the impact that environmental
hazards have on human health and experience first-hand the processes
and tools scientists use to solve environmental problems. The skills
gained using ToxRAP are readily transferable to other critical
environmental health issues.
curriculum series is indexed to the national science standards
and is being adopted in schools nationwide. ToxRAP received a 1997
National Environmental Education Achievement Award from the National
Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF).
August 2000, we completed the 4-year ToxRAP Network. Through this
partnership over 730 teachers in 27 school districts/organizations
in 11 states were trained to use the ToxRAP (Toxicology, Risk Assessment, & Pollution)
in conjunction with the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Institute (EOHSI) at the State University of New Jersey. The network
through the EH-STEP program.
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