Let’s Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take Classroom Modules

Let’s Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take Classroom Modules

The Let’s Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take environmental education program is designed as supplemental stand-alone classroom modules to enhance your current science, health, and environmental studies curriculums by providing real-world application of scientific content knowledge. This program is an extension of Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s award-winning Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures community education program and tour to inform the community about the environmental risks for breast cancer and other diseases. 

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Module 1 – Reducing Household Toxic Exposures

This two-class module, developed in partnership with Silent Spring Institute helps students learn:

  • Classes of chemicals that they are commonly exposed to in their homes and their sources.
  • Existing evidence of harm from exposures, including how chemicals disrupt the endocrine system.
  • About “windows of susceptibility”, or periods of development during adolescence where they are more vulnerable to the effects of toxic exposures.
  • How chemicals are regulated in the U.S. and alternative models for protecting public health.
  • How to reduce their toxic exposures.
  • How to graph and interpret survey data and then synthesize in report-form.

The curriculum is hands-on and aligns with the importance that curriculum standards such as Next Generation Science Standards have placed on skills such as planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating information.

This module includes:

  • Student Workbook
  • Teacher Guide
  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • Spreadsheet Template

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Module 2 – Understanding Tap Water

This module was developed in partnership with PROTECT Center at Northeastern University and covers basics on drinking water sources, issues related to safe drinking water access, different sources of contamination, contaminants in drinking water and reflects on some current cases dealing with these issues such as lead in tap water in Flint, MI. The hands-on part of this module includes an introduction to some of the basic water quality parameters, analysis of tap water, data evaluation, and understanding the public water supplier’s annual report on water quality. 

The module is organized into 2 classes (45 minutes each) and is designed to help students:

  • Understand the challenges of safe drinking water access and the systemic nature of the water issues.
  • Learn about water contaminants and how it can affect your health (an example of lead).
  • Learn to sample and test water with simple, cost-effective kits.
  • Learn about water testing data reports and how to read and understand them.

This module includes both a Teacher Guide and Student Booklet. The following materials will be needed (suggested sources for the materials are linked below):

pH stripes Unit Cost ($/unit) Uses per pack
Chlorine stripes pack 17.75 50
pH stripes pack 25.39 100
Total iron stripes pack 24.29 25
Conductivity meter (if available – if not, can be excluded) N/A N/A N/A
Filter paper, Item # 32HH66 pack 25.98 100
Pb spot-test indicator (sodium rhodizonate) pack (1 g) 11.40 N/A
Pasteur pipette (plastic) pack 6.59 15
Plastic bottles (100 mL) pack 16.90 12
Wipes pack 3 200
Deionized water (rinsing conductivity sensor if used; preparing lead indicator) 1 gal 16.50 N/A

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Module 3 – Cell Phone and Wireless Exposure

This module was developed in partnership with Environmental Health Trust, and helps students to understand:

    • Radiofrequency radiation exposure (RF) from cell phones and wireless devices
    • The health impacts of daily RF exposure and ways to reduce one’s exposure
    • Other forms of electromagnetic radiation

Please direct any questions about either of the modules to info@mbcc.org.