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What Do Germs Do?



What Do Germs Do?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.49

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    chickenpox, fun-guy, nausea, nutrition, occasional, protozoa, strep, vy-rus, wand, sparkly, exactly, liquid, class, sneaky, staying, glitter


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What Do Germs Do?
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Mrs. Kim greeted her class with a smile. "Good morning, boys and girls," she said. "Let's see if we can make a little magic today."
 
2     Mrs. Kim picked up what looked like a fairy wand. It was sparkly all over. Glitter covered every little bit of the wand.
 
3     "I am going to pass this magic wand around," continued Mrs. Kim. "Each one of you may wave it to see if you can create any magic."
 
4     Each child took a turn waving the wand. When it had gone around the room, Mrs. Kim again spoke with the children.
 
5     "Did any of you see the magic you made?" she asked.
 
6     "I didn't get a pony," answered C.J.
 
7     "I didn't get a new dress," sighed Maddie.
 
8     "All I got was a lot of glitter all over my hands, desk, and books," said Matthew.
 
9     "Then you are seeing what I wanted you to see, Matthew," said Mrs. Kim.
 
10     "That's not magic," moaned Josh. "That's just a mess."
 
11     "But it does show you the lesson I want you to learn," said Mrs. Kim. "Let's pretend that the glitter is really germs. Look around you. See how many germs came from that one wand."
 
12     "The glitter is on my hands," said Julie.

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