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Germs and the Body

Germs and the Body

Introduction

If germs are able to get inside the body, they may keep it from working properly.This activity explores germs, where they exist, and how they can affect the body.


Exploration

Where Bacteria are Found:

Discover where bacteria can be found by exploring Infection Detection Protection. Once at the website, do the following:

Click on Bacteria in the Cafeteria image. After reading the directions on the first page, click the blue START button.  Once you have found the first four stars, you must go to the left of the screen to highlight a different section of the cafeteria, to find other stars.

What Germs can do to the Body

To learn more about germs and what they can do to your body, read What are Germs?. Check with your teacher before you read this article, because he/she may have already printed you a copy.

How the Body Responds to Germs:

As you read Infection!, you will discover ways that infection can occur, as well as how the body responds to microbes.

If time allows, play Infection! - a game where you are the germ trying to infect the body. While playing this game, you'll see how the body defends itself against infection.Check in with your teacher before continuing.


Knowledge Check

Create a Germ Comic Strip:
Your assignment is to create a comic strip (with at least five comic blocks) that tells the story of a germ.

Step One: Read the introduction to What's a Germ? and then pick one of the scenarios below as a basis for your story.

Scenario Ideas:

  1. A student goes to the nurse because his tooth is aching.

    The following resources will be helpful as you develop your comic strip:
  2. A student scratches his arm and feels that it's bumpy. When he looks at his arm, he notices red bumps.

    The following resources will be helpful as you develop your comic strip:
  3. A student's foot itches, especially between the toes. The student looks between his toes and notices the skin is all red.

    The following resources will be helpful as you develop your comic strip:
  4. While hiking in the woods, a student drinks water from a stream. Later that day, he has sharp pains in his stomach and feels like he might be sick.

    The following resource will be helpful as you develop your comic strip:

Step Two: Visit the resources listed under the germ you have chosen to learn more about.

Step Three: Create your germ comic strip.

Don't forget to:

  • describe how the germ invaded the human body;
  • describe how the germ is infecting the human body, including possible symptoms;
  • describe how a person can help prevent that germ from invading the body in the first place; and
  • be creative when developing the story, including accurate information about the germ.

This esheet is a part of the Germs and the Body lesson.

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