Friday, September 2, 2011

Glitter Germs


I have had a lot of requests about the activity we did with the glitter germs. I was planning on doing this activity before I learned that I was having a Science visitor in my class and I decided to go ahead and include the person visiting in the activity. We have just begun introducing and talking about an I Am A Scientist Unit. We had only been in school for 7 days when we started this activity. We had been discussing safe practices during our Science time and part of that discussion is proper hand washing. I pretended to cough as the children gathered in the group area and I excused myself to get some hand sanitizer that contained the glitter. We played Dr. Jean's Hello Neighbor as a warm up activity and as everyone shook hands the glitter spread from hand to hand. It did not take long for everyone to notice the glitter. Once the song was over we discussed the transfer of germs and that germs are unseen. We decided that we needed to wash our hands to get rid of the germs. When we returned to our meeting area we realized that some of us had glitter still on our hands and we looked at our hands with hand lenses. We had a discussion about proper hand washing. After hand washing the proper way, we recorded our observations in our Science Notebooks and then we discussed the results!

9 comments:

S. Parker said...

Thanks for the explanation. I need some glitter.

Kerri said...

Thanks for explaining this. I need to do this with my kiddos this week. I have several coughing already and not covering their mouths. This will be perfect and better than me preaching at them.

Jennifer Knopf said...

I love this idea! I will have to add this to my plans for next week, thanks for sharing!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

Janine said...

I am definitely going to do this! This is a great visual for our primary cutees!

Faithful in First

Wild About K Kids said...

Excellent idea!! I just talked with my kids about germs last week when a couple of them were sneezing all over the place. I am going to pull out the glitter!

Krystal Van Kampen said...

GREAT idea! I have a lot of sneeze- and sniff-alupagus students this week and a couple who simply will not do it into their elbow. This just might be the lesson they need. :) Thank you for sharing!

McCrakensx4 said...

What a great idea. I am wondering...how much glitter did you put into your bottle of sanitizer? Thanks!

Mrs. K. said...

I really love this idea! Do you buy the Germ-X with glitter already in it (if so, where?), or do you add it? If you add the glitter, where do you find cheap cosmetic glitter that you know is safe for the little ones? All I've found so far is a more expensive kind, and my thin teachers' wallet can't handle it! :)

~Mrs. K. from The Teacher Garden Blog

Tamara Chilver said...

Hey sweet friend! Do you know I keep seeing this everywhere on Pinterest. It has to be a top pin in the teaching world. Hope you are getting ready for a relaxing summer. Miss you!

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