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This made me curious about other web sites with information about the flu. I found this video which is not so imaginative, but offers some practical advice:
What is ‘flu? - Explania
These web pages offer good advice, too:
KidsHealth ("TeensHealth is part of the KidsHealth family of websites. These sites, run by the nonprofit Nemours Center for Children's Health Media, provide accurate, up-to-date health information that's free of "doctor speak.")
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention - a page about handwashing
"Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. "and a page about "Cover your Cough"
"Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick!Influenza (flu) and other serious respiratory illnesses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands."
Flu and Cold Prevention Tips for keeping your family healthy.
- Washing hands is the best way to prevent illness.
- Baby wipes are not strong enough to kill germs.
- Teach your child to cough or sneeze into her sleeve.
- Don’t send your child to school with a fever, stomach flu or if she is feeling ill.
- Everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot.
I decided to try the same search on some of the search engines linked to our Online Library page, to see if it would be easier, or there would be more reliable results, on the search engines created with young children in mind.
This is what I found on Ask Jeeves for Kids, Duck Duck Go, and Kid Rex (clik on the image to open it full size):
|Screen shot of results on Ask Jeeves for Kids|
|Screen shot from results at KidRex|
|Screen shot of results from DuckDuckGo|
All the sites returned reliable information, but my vote for favorite goes to Duck Duck Go, because of the refined search options ("Search Ideas") listed on the right of the screen.
This last video is for the Middle Primary Class, which often begins a unit of inquiry on Sesame Street. Their videos offer a precise, easy to understand presentation of the Big Idea behind many of the concepts we're interested in.