One of the first lessons I use after we talk about lab safety is the SpongeBob Science Safety Rules Challenge. The original lesson plan along with teacher notes is posted at http://sciencespot.net/Media/scimthdsafety.pdf .
I reformatted the information from the original handout using Microsoft Publisher and used a blank catalog template. I will use this new format in Sept, but have used the original lesson plan several times with my students. This template allows me to use a standard sheet of paper and double sided photocopying to make a 4 page booklet. I then saved it as a pdf file.
Students will fold it in half and glue the 4th page into their science notebooks. This is the new handout I made and Tracy posted it on her sciencespot site along with the original lesson plan: http://sciencespot.net/Media/spongebob-safety-challenge-isn.pdf
Left Hand Activity:
How I use this lesson is I have several students take turns reading the story outloud. After we read it as a class, each student works with their lab partner and underlines the broken safety rules in pencil. After several minutes, giving everyone a chance to finish up, we go over the answers. I have them take out a colored pencil and we underline all the goofy broken safety rules that SpongeBob and the gang make and discuss why we chose those.
If a student has a correct answer, they have a regular pencil line and a colored pencil line for the broken safety rule. If they missed one, its only underlined in colored pencil. As I walk around the room, it allows me to quickly assess their work. I only grade it as completed or not completed, not by the number of answers they got right or missed. The kids like this activity and its a good way to get them thinking about lab safety.
Right hand activity:
I am not sure what I will use yet, but a few ideas I have are to have students make an illustration of a safety rule either being broken or followed, draw a scene from the story with SpongeBob or Patrick breaking one of the rules mentioned, or make observations from different drawings and see how many broken rules they can find. All three are visual, but having students draw pictures about safety rules would be more creative.