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Mrs. Matthews Penicillin and Bacteria Necklaces


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From WatchKnow (Approved: begamatt), produced by Kerry Matthews
Mrs. Matthews class has been learning about unicellular organisms - including bacteria.  Last week the students made bacteria beads out of play-doh during their centers.  They also made a penicillin bead to "kill off" the bacteria.  After allowing time for the play-doh to dry, the students then put all of their beads onto a necklace as they studied four famous scientists in the world of microbes (Fleming, Pasteur, Lister, and Salk).  Today they learned that Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.  Each student made sure to include penicillin in their beaded necklace. (01:00)
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This was a short weeek (due to Labor Day weekend).  Students must learn about famous scientists and the contributions they made.  There were no flashcards or tests this week.  (We spent time in Social Studies more than Science). HOWEVER... the students learned about the following scientists: 

Flemming - our penicillin "super hero" was shaped like an "F"

Salk - don't "salk" or be sad!  We don't worry about Polio any more!

Pasteur - the cow's (milk) is found in the "Pasteur"

Lister - Listerine (the mouth wash to kill germs) was named after Lister

Short videos about the scientists were perfect this week.  The discoveries also all had to do with "microscopic" or "uni-cellular" organisms... so it seemed to be a perfect follow-up after last weeks lesson on cells.

This is also a PERFECT time to work on non-fiction reading!  Test questions are often formed from short paragraphs about the scientists that require READING SKILLS. 

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