How can we stop germs in their tracks?

GERMS. They lurk in every classroom. Each year, students miss an estimated 164 MILLION school days due to illness. In this project, students will fight back against these microscopic monsters with this public-service project designed to make your school—and the world—a safer and healthier place. They will collect germs from common surfaces such as desks, laptops, and more. Then they’ll test the effectiveness of disinfectants in fighting germs. Finally, they’ll create a public service announcement for their school!

Imagine if kids could keep themselves and their families healthier by developing smart habits to protect against germs. What a great way to build healthy routines to last a lifetime!

Collaboration Options

Here are somes ideas on how your students can collaborate with another class doing Prevent the Spread!

  • Replication Examination
    Lesson 4: Good science is replicable. After your students have analyzed the data from their bacterial growth experiment, have them compare their results with another class that did the experiment the same way. Results should be similar, so discuss the causes of any discrepancies.

  • Cross-Classroom Feedback
    Lesson 7: Partner with another class to give feedback on your students’ PSAs and have them offer up ways to improve upon their plans. Consider their suggestions and implement the ones your students feel will make their PSAs stronger.

  • Launch Party!
    Lesson 8: Have a PSA launching party with another class. Have students watch each others’ PSAs and share how these ideas are preventing the spread of germs.

  • Swap Tips and Tricks
    All Lessons: Need help coming up with creative ideas for a fundraiser? Have great ideas to share? Swap tips and tricks with another teacher doing this project.

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