Happy Saturday everyone. I'm writing this post as I sit on the balcony and listen to the ocean waves, children squealing, and car motors roaring. What a glorious morning.
I wanted to take time out to share with you an activity that my students love. It is geared for fifth grade Georgia standards, but I also incorporated it in 4th grade. You could even do a health lesson using it.
Fifth grade science starts out with cells, which eventually goes into micro organisms. I purchased Glo Germ, which if you click on the picture below you can see the Amazon affiliate link. This past school year I made student stand in a large circle and we passed around a tennis ball (that I had already rubbed with Glo Germ) and students shared facts about cells and micro organisms. They thought it was a review. Afterwards, I started a discussion about how germs travel and not being able to see them, and the student then looked at their hands underneath a black light. I did something similar to this my fourth grade year, but we tossed the ball to a partner instead.
Next school year, I think I will put it on my hand and shake a few hands and such as I teach my lesson. After I show those students the "germs" underneath the black light I will allow all students to get infected. We then will split into soap and water and GermX and see which cleans hands the best. I will turn this into a review for Science Fair projects, too.
I've heard and read other ways that this is incorporated into lessons, have you ever used Glo Germ? I think a beginning of the year demonstration could set you up for a "healthier" school year.