Teaching Through Trade Books: Disease Detectivesby: Christine Anne Royce

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“You’ve got cooties!” is a traditional taunt between children on the playground. Although children’s avoidance of “boy or girl” germs is not scientifically based, students have an innate understanding that transmission of germs can happen through touching. This column won’t touch on “cooties,” but it will provide students with an opportunity to examine what germs are and how they are spread.

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  • on Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:27 PM

The lessons and trade books provide information on what germs are (viruses, bacteria, molds) and how they can be "shared". With all the news about bird flu and other infectious diseases, it is important to teach students how to stay healthy and how germs are transmitted. While this article is written for elementary, some of the lesson ideas would work in older classes with adaptations, as well.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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