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The Safety of Outdoor Investigations

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The Safety of Outdoor Investigations

Earth & Space Science

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Demonstrate safe practices during outdoor investigations.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What should you consider before leaving for a field trip?

~ Before leaving for a field trip, we should make sure we have everything we might need, such as bottled water, food, camera, and a notebook. We should also be sure that we are dressed properly for the weather. That includes wearing sunscreen and cool clothes during warmer months, and wearing warm, protective clothing during colder months.

What should you do if it starts to rain or storm while you are outdoors?

~ If it starts to rain or storm while we are outdoors, we should try to find somewhere to take cover until the storm ends. We should also avoid being near bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, or oceans. If there is thunder, we should avoid being in open, exposed areas, such as fields or parking lots, on hills, or under trees. If we are unable to find shelter while lightning strikes nearby, we should crouch down with our heads tucked in. Lightning is attracted to metal, so we should also avoid contact with metal.

What types of geographical hazards might be present in an outdoor learning environment?

~ Shorelines, cliffs, highways, and roads may be geographical hazards when we are outdoors learning. We should stay with, and listen to, our chaperones. Chaperones should be aware of these potential geographical hazards and steer students away from these areas when possible.

What should you do if you come into contact with a plant or animal while outdoors?

~ Unknown plants and animals should be avoided while outdoors. If we come into contact with a plant or an animal, we should tell our teacher immediately. Animals may try to protect themselves if we get too close. Some animals can also spread diseases or parasites. In addition, some plants may be poisonous.

Upon returning indoors, what should you do first?

~ After returning indoors from exploring, we should wash our hands with warm water and soap.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: animal attacks, animal diseases, and dangerous areas.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary animal attacks, animal diseases, dangerous areas