Hazards on the Homefront

Hazards on the Homefront Teacher's GuidesGuide

  • Two guides are available
    • Grades 4-6 (New!)
    • Grades 6-12
  • Teaches about human health and our air, land and water
  • Teaches problem-solving skills
  • Helps teachers apply Multiple Intelligences and meet the EALRs
  • Provides real world examples about hazardous products
  • Provides flexible lessons regarding variety and length
  • Contains Web links and other resources for extended learning and self-directed projects
Free Guides

Why use these guides?

The public's concern about hazardous products is growing. We know more and more every day about the chemicals and ingredients used in products, and the health and environmental hazards they pose especially to children.

These guides integrate state and local information relevant to everyday activities at school and home, and in your students' community.

Watch a dome

King County's Household Hazardous Waste School produced this video that demonstrates how to teach Lesson 1.

Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MIs)

Each lesson in the guides note the relevant intelligences from Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Teachers can use this information to assist them in accommodating the various needs and talents of their students.

Washington’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs)

These teacher's guides are an integrated set of lessons based on the EALRs. The lessons address standards in the areas of reading, writing, communication, math and science. Learn more.


Thank you to our partners! The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County created the original Hazards on the Homefront Teacher’s Guide and provided resources for the production and distribution of these statewide versions. Triangle Associates, Inc. provided valuable consultant services. This project was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Although the information in the Teacher’s Guides has been funded wholly or in part by EPA, it may not necessarily reflect the views of the agency and no official endorsement should be inferred.

For more curriculum resources, see Ecology for Educators and Students.