Respiratory infections are infections that happen in the lungs, chest, sinuses, nose and throat, for example, coughs and colds, the flu and pneumonia. These infections can spread from person-to-person through the air, through person-to-person contact (touching hands, hugging, kissing) or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Good respiratory hygiene, such as covering your coughs and sneezes, can help prevent the spread of infections.

This lesson plan supports you to educate students on why respiratory hygiene matters, how microbes spread through sneezes and coughs, and how infection spread can be prevented.

Learning Outcomes:

  • All students will:
  • Understand there can be harmful microbes in our coughs and sneezes
  • Understand that infection can be spread though coughs and sneezes
  • Understand that good respiratory practice can reduce the spread of infection
  • Most students will:
  • Understand that we can spread infection through touching surfaces after touching/ wiping our nose or holding a cough /sneeze
  • Understand how to develop best practice respiratory hygiene behaviours in everyday life to reduce the spread of infection

Activities Include:

  • Main Activity:
  • Snot Runway
  • Extension Activities:
  • Sneeze Facts
  • Super Slimy Snot
  • Sneezy Wordsearch
  • Fill in the Blanks

Curriculum Links:

  • Science:
    • Working scientifically
    • Living things and their habitats
  • English:
    • Reading and comprehension
    • Spoken language
    • Health and prevention
  • Mathematics:
    • Comparing measurements