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Developed by the Cornell Environmental Inquiry Program, Assessing Toxic Risk consists of a student edition and teacher's guide designed to enable high school students to carry out authentic research. Using organisms such as Daphnia, duckweed, and lettuce seeds, students conduct bioassay experiments to test the toxicity of environmental samples and chemical solutions. Assessing Toxic Risk was published by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and is available at 1-800-277-5300 or http://store.nsta.org.

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More about Assessing Toxic Risk:

Assessing Toxic Risk includes:

  • An overview of basic principals of toxicology and how these are used in assessing chemical risks to humans and the environment,
  • Simple but authentic research protocols for testing chemical toxicity using bioassays,
  • A progression of worksheets that guides students through each step of research, providing structure but flexibility in designing and conducting meaningful experiments, and
  • Guidelines for integrating peer review and other collaborative knowledge-building into classroom science

Other books in the Cornell Scientific Inquiry Series
Invasion Ecology, Decay and Renewal, and Watershed Dynamics are available from NSTA. Click on the book covers below for more information.

Invasion Ecology Book Cover  Decay and Renewal Book Cover  Watershed Dynamics Book Cover

Other Environmental Inquiry Publications
Visit our publication page to find out about other curricula, conference papers, videos, websites, and peer-reviewed journal articles that have been developed through the Environmental Inquiry program.


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