Germ MadLibs for Hygiene Training Lessons in the Classroom: March GermBlog

posted Mar 11, 2013, 12:47 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Aug 11, 2013, 11:06 AM ]
For better hygiene and infection control in the classroom and to have fun... use Germ MadLibs!
Hello Teachers!

It’s finally getting warm! I don’t know about you, but I’m busy dusting off my flip flops and scheduling spray tans to get rid of the winter blahs. I’m ready for warm weather! Not only can our bodies start soaking up some Vitamin D, but we can start to kiss flu season goodbye!

I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year when I get a liiiiiiiiiittle bit restless in my teaching. I have a hard time finding new ways to teach concepts that my students still need help with. I can’t keep doing the same strategies over and over and expect new results, right? Spring is a time when I usually start looking for any new activities I can.

Recently, I discovered the beauty of MadLibs. For older kids, they reinforce sentence parts when done independently. In younger grades, they introduce grammar vocabulary. All around, they make kids get creative with words and laugh while doing it. Fantastic! So I have a gift for you this month: 

THE LIFE CYCLE OF A GERM! A Germ MadLib for you!  

Please download the free Hygiene MadLibs Lessons below (PDF format) and read these instructions.

  • Younger grades (K-2): Do this activity as a whole class when talking about adjectives, nouns, verbs or germs! The class will have a great time thinking of new words.
    • DIRECTIONS: As a class, follow the numbers and pick words for your MadLib before writing. Encourage rich adjectives that include size, color or texture. Write down words before your read the MadLib and then plug them into the story. Read the story and see what they come up with!
  • Older grades (3-6): Can do this independently (if they understand parts of speech!). Use this activity as a fast finisher, or as a fun class activity to reinforce sentence structure.
    • DIRECTIONS: Have each student fill out the word list BEFORE reading the MadLib. Then plug their words into the story. Let students share their stories with partners.
  • For language learners: reinforce the vocabulary of the parts of speech. Give clues like “verbs are things we do with our bodies” or “adjectives are describing words” as you go along.
  • For gifted learners: Extend the activity by having them write their own. Start your students off by writing a story and then take out some of the words they use and put a blank for other students to fill out.

Good luck with Spring Fever!

Goodbye Germs!

Mrs. T

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