This lesson helps students have a better understanding of how easy it is for a virus to spread. We will discuss different ways to protect ourselves and stay healthy as well as focus on the importance of hand-washing.
Students will come in contact with Glo Germ gel and hand sanitizer. Please make sure that we are aware of any student that shouldn’t participate because of health/skin sensitivity/allergy issues. (Most appropriate for grade levels 3-5.)
Lesson Time: 70-85 minutes
Student Activity 1: This activity has students simulate the spread of a cold virus through a group of people.
Student Activity 2: In this activity our volunteer will put a small amount of Glo-Germ in the students’ hands. After rubbing their hands together, we will turn out the lights, and shine a black light onto the “germs” on their hands. During a second trip around the room, the Wizard will put a small amount of hand sanitizer in each student’s hand. Again, we will shine the black light and see less of those nasty “germs”.
Group work: Students will work in groups of 3-4 students. In order to save time, teachers are asked to create the groups before our Wizard arrives.
5.LS.1: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
Please see the Nature of Science document on our Lesson Standards page.