Do Not Lick this Book is an ideal launching point for exploring the importance of hygiene with your class! This interactive title teaches kids what germs are and how easy it is to pick them up. After reading, reinforce that point by choosing several students to “share” some “germs.” Have these students put lotion on their hands then sprinkle glitter into their palms. Spread these “germs” by having students pass objects to other students. After a minute or so, have everyone gather together to assess where the “germs” have gone. Talk about what students can do to prevent germs from spreading, discuss good hand washing techniques, and then have everyone wash up!
Where are some places that microbes live?
Why do you think microbes come in different shapes?
What do microbes do?
How do microbes help us?
What would your life look like without microbes?
Do Not Lick this Book Activity Guide from Roaring Brook Press
Teacher Tips for Do Not Lick this Book from Allen & Unwin
K-12 Microbiology Lesson Plans from the American Society for Microbiology
American Museum of Natural History: Microbiology Stuff
National Geographic Kids: Awesome 8 Things Living On, In, and with You
Earth’s worst extinction may have been caused by a tiny microbe by Los Angeles Times, adapted by Newsela
Fruits, vegetables — and dirt — will keep kids healthy by Chicago Tribune, adapted by Newsela
Smithsonian Channel: The Microbes We’re Made Of
Reading Is Fundamental support materials
Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies
Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home by Claire Eamer
It’s Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes by Jennifer GardyMore