What Causes People to become ill, and how do our bodies help us feel better again?
Our class answered this when we recently finished a unit on staying healthy. We read or listened to several books in class such as Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin Berger, illustrated by Marylin Hafner., Germs, Germs, Germs by Bobbi Katz, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman, and Body Battles by Rita Golden Gelma, illustrated by Elroy Freem. The three books written for young children, describe in non- threatening ways, why some germs can make a person sick, and how the body fights them off. The illustrations are colorful and entertaining, yet informative as well.
We discussed ways germs are spread, foods and good habits to maintain good health, and learned many new vocabulary words associated with illnesses. The students wrote short reports on different types of illnesses to fulfill their informational writing requirement.
To culminate with a fun activity, my class created their own ABC Book called "The Ill Alphabet." This book was written by my artistic and imaginative third graders that take the reader on a journey with some alphabet characters whose illness match the letter’s sound.
This cross curricular project, merges the science and ELA curriculums. It was written for third graders, but can be adapted down to second grade or up through fourth grade.