Web-Linked Activities
Activity: Sing and Illustrate a Song

Connection to Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health & Wellness

  • Grade 3
  • Chapter 8: Disease Prevention and Control

Web Link Description
For Kids, Teens, and Educators is a Web page featuring simple steps for students to take to stop the spread of germs. In addition to practical information, the site contains a delightful ditty and coloring page that reinforces the importance of hand washing to eliminate germs and stop the spread of illness. The site is part of a site sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Student Objectives
  • to learn a jingle and color a page
    to brainstorm ways to prevent the spread of communicable diseases
  • to learn the importance of hand washing to prevent communicable diseases
  • to recognize that diseases can be spread through germs

Before Online Activity
Ask students what they think happens if someone with a cold sneezes without properly covering his or her mouth. Students should mention that this is one way germs are spread. Have students discuss other ways that germs might be spread, and then have them brainstorm ways to prevent germs from spreading. Tell students one of the most effective ways to prevent germs from spreading is to wash their hands properly. If you are using Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health & Wellness, refer students to the information about germs. Invite students to the Web page For Kids, Teens, and Educators to read more about germs and to learn a short jingle about germs.

Have colored markers or crayons available so students can color the page.

Online Activity
For Kids, Teens, and Educators

Student Activity Sheet
Print the online student activity sheet to create a blackline master.

Sharing the Activity
Collect the students' illustrated song sheets and display them on a bulletin board.

Assessment Idea
Ask students to name three things they can do to help prevent the spread of germs.

Home School Connections
Print the online family activity sheet to create a blackline master. For best results, be sure that your browser's font size has been set to "12" and that your browser has been set to print in "portrait mode."