Germs. They are everywhere. Two germ categories are similar, but very different – bacteria and viruses. Teach all about germs with these free printables about viruses and bacteria.
Although bacteria and viruses are similar, they are different types of germs. I think most moms know the difference by one thing how they are treated.
For instance, we know about bacterial infections, and we know about viral infections. Viral infections need to be waited out with monitoring and care. Bacterial infections need an antibiotic.
Do you know why that is?
Where bacterial infections need medicine to help you with resisting the infection, viruses are different. Viral infections provoke a response from the immune system that usually eliminates the virus on its own.
Well, what are bacteria and viruses, anyway?
A virus is a tiny particle that can make us sick when it comes to our body, sort of. Viruses are tiny. I mean, they are like 100 times smaller than bacteria (estimated guess).
There are all different types of viruses. They can cause smaller things like a cold or nasty illness like chickenpox, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and even the virus strand that has many countries on lockdowns and restrictions as we speak.
Once a virus enters into a cell body, the virus hijacks the cell, and then the cell starts multiplying copies of the virus. Those infected cells move around and infect more cells.
Many of the reactions our body gets because of the virus-like red bumps, skin rashes, tiredness, common cold symptoms, or fevers are because our body’s immune system is trying to fight off the virus.
Want to hear something gross?
The Latin word for a virus is “poisonous secretion of slime.”
Bacteria are one-celled organisms that may cause infectious diseases. Often, bacteria are not harmful at all. They can be helpful to us.
Want to hear a gross fact to share with your kiddos?
That delicious yogurt your kids love so much, is full of “good” bacteria.
Bacteria come in three different shapes that either looks like a sphere, a spiral, or a rod. They can live in soil, water, waste, and even in the deep biosphere of the Earth’s crust.
Some types of infectious diseases caused by bacteria are cholera, leprosy, the bubonic plague, strep throat, and syphilis.
Both bacteria and viruses, are microscopic and contain nucleic acid. They both can cause diseases, but our bodies can build immunity against them.
It’s the perfect time to teach your kids all about what viruses and bacteria are.
You might want to check out the Virology Science Course by Ellen McHenry. For a limited time only, it’s just $7.95!
Grab these FREE printables about viruses and bacteria to help you alongside your lessons.
FREE Printable Bacteria Science Valentines |Teach Beside Me
How to teach preschoolers about viruses, bacteria and sickness prevention (cold and flu teaching tips) | Rainforest Learning Centre
Diseases FREE Unit Homework, Virus, Bacteria | Science from Murf LLC
3 FREE Virus Worksheets For Middle School | Numbers to Neurons
What is a virus? FREE Quiz | The STEM Way
Bacteria, Germs and Viruses FREE Lesson | ECPublishing
FREE Bacteria Worksheets and Answer Keys | Easy Teacher Worksheets
Bacteria Video and Vocab Cards | Flocabulary
30 Cards FREE Bacteria and Viruses Bingo | My FREE Bingo Cards
FREE Interactive Notebooks Make Teaching Viruses and Bacteria a Snap | Amy Brown Science
FREE Bacteria and Viruses Facts & Worksheets | kidskonnect
Bacteria Worksheet – FREE Kids Words Game Printable | Easy Science for Kids
Bacteria and Viruses FREE Lesson Plan | Clarendon Learning
Fungi, Bacteria, and Virus FREE Download | SlideShare
Germ Experiment — Where Do Germs Grow in Your House??! | Homeschool Den
Let’s Be Germ-free (FREEBIE) | Jen Agent
Germs and Viruses Science Lesson Plan with FREE Binder | StepMomming
Germ Fighting for Kids | Instructables
No More Spreading Germs Coloring Pages for Kids | Crystal & Co.
Check out some kid-focused videos all about bacteria and viruses:
Bacteria for Kids – Animation Video | makemegenius
Project-Based Learning: Microbes – Bacteria Video for Kids | Angelicscalliwags
Primary School Science Series: All About Bacteria For Kids Video | The Pique Lab
Check out some activities to go alongside your lessons to encourage your child’s engagement and understanding:
FREE Virus Review & Activity | Suburban Science
Growing Bacteria – A Life Science FREE Printable Activity | School of Dragons
Swab & Grow – Bacteria Growth Experiment | No Time for Flashcards
C0r0na-virus Activity Book for Children (FREE Printable) | Moments a Day
Growing Bacteria in a Petri Dish (STEM Activity for Kid) | Gift of Curiosity
Everyday Unschooling: Growing Bacteria | Happiness is here
Edible Pitri Dish Bacteria: Bacteria You Won’t Regret Eating! | STEAMsational
What’s Growing in Your Homeschool? Bacteria Science Experiments | Our Journey Westward
A Shocking Bacteria Science Experiment: Grow a Germ Farm | Organized Homeschooler
FREE Online Activities During Corona Virus | The Idea Room
23 Pandemic vs Epidemic Lessons and Activities for Kids | Homeschool Superfreak
These teaching tips helped me understand the lesson topic before planning it out for my kids:
Homeschooling in The Time of C0rona Virus | Journey on Mom
Teaching Children About Germs- Bacteria and Viruses | Mama’s Organized Chaos
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!