I can’t image being 8 or 9 years old right now. What is happening around the world with the coronavirus and COVID-19 is like nothing our students have ever seen outside of Hollywood movies. Add to that social media and panic by adults all around them and it’s likely they are scared and confused. But our students are old enough to learn and have real conversations about the world around them and current events. That is why I put together this reading passage and activities on germs. Without directly addressing coronavirus and COVID-19, students can learn about germs and what they can do to stay healthy. There are facts presented in an age appropriate way and all panic and scare tactics have been left behind. Together we can help our kids learn and we can help to fight fear with knowledge. The focus is on education and empowering students with things they can do.
Germs Reading Passage and Questions for 2nd – 3rd grades includes:
- Germs, Germs, Germs! Non-fiction reading text (perfect for coronavirus education)
- Reading comprehension questions (multiple choice and short answer)
- Related Writing Prompt
- Student Application Activities
This reading passage is written for students in 2nd – 3rd grades. Although it could be used by older students also, the reading comprehension questions will likely be at a lower level than what older students might be used to. This 2 page passage provides information about the germs, our bodies natural defenses to germs, and steps we take to help keep ourselves healthy.
It is followed by reading comprehension questions on a variety of reading skills. There are also reading response activities related to the non-fiction text.
A related writing prompt is also included. Students are asked to write a letter to their best friend explaining things they can do at home and in their daily life to stay healthy. Great friendly writing practice!
Student Application Activities are also included. Three different application activities are included. These include 1) Make a poster showing 3 things you can do to be a Super Germ Fighter; 2) write a song or chant that teaches people the proper way to wash their hands; 3) write a story about a germ. One option gives the student all three choices and has them pick one. Also included are each activity on its own page (no student choice) so you can choose one, two or all of the activities.
I believe in education over rumors and facts over fear. Let’s empower our students to do what they can when they gain knowledge.
**If you would like to use this resource with your students but the price is not something you can afford, please email me at [email protected] and let me know**