This week, we began our new Who We Are Unit of Inquiry by asking the students: What is Healthy?
Some of their ideas included:
- I think healthy is something great for your life.
- If you eat so much junk food you will get sick. If you keep doing that your whole life you gonna keep getting sick. Eat a lot of veggies and fruit.
- Healthy is stuff that is good for your body…broccoli, peppers, and spinach.
- You will get healthier if you drink lots of water.
- Healthy means you exercise a lot.
- I think healthy means don’t play too much video games or otherwise you will get sick. Or maybe your eye won’t get to see anything. Only a little bit is okay.
- Swimming or play soccer is exercise. If you exercise everyday is good for you.
- Wear a jacket if it is winter because if you don’t wear a jacket when you go outside you will get sick.
- Healthy means drink some milk.
- To be healthy you can go outside for some fresh air. If you stay inside the air might be a bit dirty.
- Don’t play in the rain a lot. We can get sick.
- Don’t spread germs by coughing at other people.
We wondered, “How do we get sick?”
I got chicken pox because my sister have a chicken pox too.
I was outside, and I was playing, and it was chilly, and I got a cold. I was wearing a coat.
We get sick from other people’s germs that they spread around.
Some of the students then began to wonder about where germs come from and where they can be found. They shared their thinking with the class.
- nose…like if you pick your nose
- in your hair
- mud or dirt or worms
- Your eyes or mouth and nose are the places that have most of the germs.
- Insects have germs.
- under your feet
- inside your shoe
- Inside your body
- in the air
- on trash
- in toilets
- sink is a little bit dirt around it
- on the ground
- on the tap
Some additional ideas in particular led us onto an interesting inquiry into germs and more about where they come from.
When you cough, it creates the germs. If you cough in your arm, you already have those bad stuff. If you cough somewhere else you create the germ in someone else’s body.
You can get germs from other people. If you don’t cover your mouth when you are sneezing or coughing other people can catch the germs.
When you touch the dirty thing and there is lots of germs.
Some germs are good!
We decided to find out more about germs and where they are in our school. To further our inquiry we asked the science lab for help. They prepared petri dishes for us so that we could collect samples of germs from around the school. We are allowing them to grow, and hopefully, we will get to see them under a microscope in a few weeks!
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We are looking forward to finding out more about germs and how the choices we make help our body to fight them!
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