These are crazy times right now. In future years, we may look back on 2020 as the year of the Coronavirus Pandemic, or it might just be passed off as a bad virus or flu. Either way, it is still a time to learn about what is a virus, how germs are spread, and how washing your hands can help keep you from getting sick.
Germs are tiny organisms that can only be seen through a microscope. Did you know our bodies are always full of germs? They are everywhere: on our skin, our hair, and even in our bodies. Some germs are good and our bodies need them to protect us from the bad germs. Germs are used to make food and also to make medicine, like antibiotics that help against bad germs. But many germs can cause diseases that make us sick. Germs can be anywhere: on toys, playground equipment, on our pets and even in the air, but they are way too small for us to see. Most germs don’t affect us at all, and as long as we are healthy our bodies are able to not be affected by most germs.
Bacteria, viruses and other diseases are types of germs that can cause us to get sick. These germs can get into our bodies by breathing them in or by getting them on our hands and then touching our face or mouth. Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a virus that is spread through coughing and sneezing. The symptoms are a high temperature (above 98 degrees F or around 38 degrees C and above), feeling tired and weak, a headache, a cough, aches and pains, a runny nose and a sore throat. Even the common cold is a sign that our body is fighting off germs. A cold usually has a high temperature, a chesty cough, aches and pains. While a virus can be in our body for a week or more, the common cold usually only lasts a day or two.
So in making an Activity Packet to describe bacteria, viruses and other diseases, I wanted to be sure to not get too technical so it was over the heads of elementary students. And since washing your hands is so important in staying healthy, activities to show how washing your hands can help prevent sickness due to germs and viruses were added to the packet.
As you can see from the previews, there are lots of fun activities to keep kids engaged while learning about germs and viruses. I didn’t want the packet to be too serious, even though right now the coronavirus is a serious matter. However, with these worksheets you can help teach your kids about germs and the importance of washing their hands while they have some fun along the way.