Resources for Focus on Risk Activity 4 – Risk Assessment: Tools of the Trade

When attempting to determine the degree of risk associated with an event, experts rely on a variety of tools of the trade to generate a risk estimate. In this activity, students will learn about the applications of some of these tools, interpret information generated from using different tools, and understand how the information obtained can be used to set priorities and make decisions.

This is one of 11 activities that can be found in PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk. To get the activity, attend a training and receive PLT’s Focus on Risk secondary module. Below are some supporting resources for this activity. 

STUDENT PAGES

Download the copyright free student pages that are included with this activity:

Table of Tools (PDF)

Fault Tree for Car Failing to Start (PDF)

What's Going On??? (PDF)

A Second Look at Saccharin (PDF)

Examples of Risk Assessment Tools (PDF)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Every month we carefully select new tools and resources that enhance PLT’s lessons. These include educational apps, videos, posters, interactive websites, careers information, and teacher-generated materials. Browse a chronological listing below:

  • Tox Town

    Tox Town uses color, graphics, sounds, and animation in lessons that show the connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public’s health. It lists everyday locations where you might find toxic chemicals, gives nontechnical descriptions of chemicals, gives additional links, etc.

  • TOXMAP

    TOXMAP helps users visually explore data from the US EPA concerning the release of toxic chemicals into the environment.

  • National Institute of Health

    National Institute of Health’s Chemicals, the Environment, and You: Explorations in Science and Human Health  is a 7th-8th grade curriculum supplement.   This supplement was designed to complement existing life science curricula at both the state and local levels and to be consistent with the National Science Education Standards.  

  • Teaching About Controversial Topics in Science

    This  series in NSTA Reports is based on the NSTA Press book Thinking Scientifically About Controversial Issues: Clones, Cats, and Chemicals. The book examines 10 dilemmas from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, technology, and mathematics to help challenge students to confront scientific and social problems that offer few black-and-white solutions. It provides the facts and the framework to provoke classroom debates.

  • EPA Tools

    EPA tools let computer users “see” air quality information on a virtual globe:

  • National Insect and Disease Risk Map

    The Forest Health Monitoring Program and Forest Health Protection of the U.S. Forest Service has completed the 2013-2027 National Insect and Disease Risk Map (2012 NIDRM). This interactive online mapping tool allows users to view hazards in specific areas, by specific pests. The NIDRM is a nationwide strategic assessment and database of the potential hazard for tree mortality due to major forest insects and diseases. The goal of the NIDRM is to summarize landscape-level patterns of potential insect and disease activity.

  • RadTown USA

    EPA’s Radiation Protection Program has launched the RadTown USA website, created to allow middle and high school students to explore radiation- where it is found and how it is used- in four different environments. The website also has Common Core supported content, including the history of radiation protection, ways to reduce exposure risk, careers in radiation protection, and the benefits of radiation.