Vocabulary for Describing Environmental Science and Toxics

Vocabulary for Describing Environmental Science and Toxics
Vocabulary for Describing Environmental Science and Toxics1

Objectives
• At the end of the lesson, the student will be able to define, spell, and use key terms related to environmental science and toxics accurately.

Vocabulary
• Environmental science: the study of the interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment.
• Toxicology: the study of the effects of toxins on living organisms.
• Pollutant: a substance that contaminates the environment and has an adverse effect on living organisms.
• Toxicant: a substance that can cause harm to living organisms.
• Hazardous waste: any material that has a potential to cause harm to humans or the environment.
• Bioremediation: the use of natural processes or organisms to clean up contaminated sites.
• Heavy metal: a naturally occurring element with a high atomic weight.
• Endocrine disruptor: a chemical that can interfere with the normal functioning of hormones in living organisms.

Activities
• The student will practice defining, spelling, and using each of the key terms.
• The student will also practice using the terms in sentences.
• The student will complete a worksheet to assess their understanding of the terms.

Conclusion
• The student will complete a quiz to test their knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts.

Summary
• Objectives: Students will be able to define, spell and use key terms related to environmental science and toxics.
• Vocabulary: Environmental science, toxicology, pollutant, toxicant, hazardous waste, bioremediation, heavy metal, endocrine disruptor.
• Activities: Practice defining, spelling, using terms in sentences and completing a worksheet.
• Conclusion: Student will complete a quiz to test their knowledge.

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