Lesson by: Maggie
Estimated lesson duration: 30 - 40 min
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What you’ll do
You will be watching germs grow in your very own house!
Questions you'll answer
What are germs?
Can we see germs?
Do germs grow?
What to prep
Find germinating space: You will need to store your project for a few days, find a dark space that it will be safe in! In a closet, basement, or under a sink will work.
Science materials: You may need to go shopping to be totally prepared, make sure you look through the shopping list before you begin the experiment!
1-2 potatoes (the number of potatoes depends on the number of materials you want to test)
Plastic/ziplock bags (one bag per potato slice)
Boiling water (optional)
Rubber or latex gloves (optional)
Meet your teacher
Maggie Stein is an educator and learner, currently working as a Pre-K teacher in Casablanca, Morocco at an international school. Born and raised in New York City, she grew up in parks and museums, out and about exploring the city. Maggie attended Gettysburg College for her undergraduate degree where, surrounded by American History, she studied Education and Folklore Literature. After four years, she missed New York City and returned home to attend Bank Street College of Education where she earned her Master’s in Museum and Childhood Education. Maggie leads her own classroom and Museum tours with the same values in which she was raised – to ask questions, to create, and to find out more.
What are germs and can we ever see them?
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