What will you learn
Through a set of trial experiments, students learn that covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing, or sneezing helps prevent the spread of infection.
- Aerosol sneeze experiment where students observe how far microbes in a sneeze can spread and the best way to stop them.
- Discussion activity considering what the best way to cover a sneeze is.
- Use a flight plan to discuss how a strain of flu is spread around the world
- Understand that sometimes microbes can make us ill.
- Understand that prevention of infection, where possible, is better than cure.
- Understand not to spread their harmful microbes to others.
- Understand that infection can spread through sneezing and coughing.
- Understand that covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze helps prevent the spread of infection.
- Understand that coughing and sneezing in your hand can still spread infection.
- 30 paper discs (10cm)
- Measuring tape
- Spray bottle
- Food dye (optional)
- Large tissue
- Science: Working Scientifically, Experimental skills and investigations, Analysis and evaluation
- RSHE: Health & Prevention
- Mathematics: Use of standard units of length