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This is a lesson plan intended for elementary age.  It is outlined with the a fourth grade audience, but could be adapted to many ages.  The plan includes three parts to understand, research, and explain germs and diseases that can spread through air or touch.


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Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson (Student)
9 years ago

This is a very authentic lesson that all students need to learn.  The three parts of the lesson will really help students have a deep understanding of the concepts.  I love the idea of the lab activity.  It is a great way to show students how germs spread.  Students will enjoy the activity and be learning at the same time.  The objectives are clearly listed.  I am interested in using parts of this lesson with first graders.  

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
diane spence
diane spence (Teacher (K-12))
9 years ago

wow, melissa!  this lesson is outstanding!  the objective definitely fills "the need" category.  i like the active learning that is occuring with groups.  the lab simulation with flour is an excellent kinesthetic, visual experience.  using the internet to research diseases and illnesses contracted through contact was the perfect technology component.  students are able to let their creativity shine when they problem solve ways to stay healthy. (hopefully they come up with ways to stay away from germs on the computer keyboard)  the only thing that i was unsure of was how you were going to have students present their list of illnesses and solutions.  is it going to be a technology presentation, a poster, a list that students read off.  i plan to use this lesson in the future.  thanks, melissa! 

- diane spence

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Melissa Gorsegner
Melissa Gorsegner (Teacher (K-12))
9 years ago

The lab acvitivity was a great attention grabber for my fourth graders.  Being able to visualize the "germs" and to relate to the material made the interested in persuing the subject even further.

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