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Safety Smart Science: Germs and Your Health

Safety Smart Science: Germs and Your Health

Spring 2012 DVD
Ages: 10 - 15 yrs.
DVD Price: $29.99

The focus of this 25-minute program is germs, how they spread and how to stop them. Safety Smart Science is a product of Disney Educational Productions and when it comes to lively educational material, Disney knows how to do it right.

Likable host Bill Nye the Science Guy uses easy-to-grasp experiments and eye-catching demonstrations to show - rather than tell - viewers how easily germs spread and why it's important to prevent that from happening. Aimed at viewers aged ten to fifteen, Nye knows just which science facts have the "wow-factor" to keep kids engaged.

For instance, he opens the program with this fascinating factoid: There are more germs in your body right now than the total number of people who have ever lived on planet Earth. Eeeeewwwwww! With an attention-grabber like that, kids are sure to listen to whatever Nye says next!

Educational skits incorporate paint, animation, and ultra-violet light to show just how easily germs spread. Graphics reinforce important vocabulary terms. It all adds up to a very persuasive argument for practicing healthy habits and good hygiene- and Nye clearly explains and demonstrates those, too, providing a fantastic lesson with a practical take-away message.

This DVD comes with several features for teachers or homeschoolers, including an interactive Safety Smart quiz and a downloadable user's guide with additional activities and resources. It also includes a Spanish-language option. Appropriate for middle- and high school health and science classes, Safety Smart Science is a top-notch tool for teaching young people about germs.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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