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Endocrine Disruptors

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Description This is a lesson plan that I created to expand upon student’s basic understanding of the endocrine system and to make a real world application of the content to the students. The lesson focuses on endocrine disruptors, chemicals that can disrupt the endocrine system and may cause harmful effects. Students will learn about 3 types of endocrine disruptors in this lesson: bisphenol A (BPA), triclosan, and phthalates). Additionally, they will explore whether or not parabens are endocrine disruptors. They will analyze parabens’ molecular structures and compare the structures to hormones belonging to the estrogen family. Using the Skin Deep database, a free web based resource, students will research what types of personal care products contain parabens, identify the harmful effect(s) linked to parabens, and list 1 way they can limit their exposure to parabens. This lesson has successfully been completed in an 80 minute class period.
Type of Resource Lesson Plan
Format Word Document - DOC
Raks Derival, Innovation Academy Charter School
Development Date December 3, 2012
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
National Science
Educational Standards
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (K-12), Matter, energy, and organization in living systems (9-12), Personal and community health (9-12)
Learning Time 2-3 hours
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By LifeSciTRC Board
Review Date April 9, 2015
Funding Source None
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Excellent activity centered around very informative and interesting videos. Easy to tailor to your class needs.

Danielle Plomaritas, Liberty University

I could see adapting this activity to my lower division Human Anatomy & Physiology courses as well as Developmental Biology courses. 

Emily Bradshaw, University of Central Florida


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