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First-graders Learn About Germs

How do germs spread? First-graders in Natalie Wildfong’s class found out in a recent lesson about germs. Students dipped their hands into paint then placed their palm in their science notebooks, creating a “before” picture. First-graders walked around their classroom, shaking hands with their classmates. After the exercise, students’ hands were covered in many different colors. “How could this represent germs and germs spreading?” Wildfong asked. Students responded, saying that when we touch other people, our germs spread.  The class talked about the ways they can stay healthy and germ free, including washing their hands.