The story "Oliver's ear hurts"

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The goal of this assignment is to learn that medicine can cure and prevent illnesses and alleviate their symptoms. Another goal is to learn that you must complete the entire course of antibiotics as specified in the doctor’s instructions to ensure that the treated illness is definitely cured. Recommended for 9–10-year-olds.

Oliver's ear hurts

Progress of the assignment

The teacher reads the story aloud or the pupils read it themselves. After reading the story, discuss what kinds of medicines were in the story: what cured the illness, what alleviated a symptom, and were any of the medicines preventive? Continue the discussion with the pupils' own experiences and consider what effects the medicines they used had. You can discuss the importance of vaccinations more extensively if the subject seems interesting to the pupils.

In the story,

  • an orally taken painkiller alleviates pain.
  • antibiotics kill bacteria and prevent their growth, curing a bacterial ear infection.
  • a vaccination prevents the onset of an illness.


The story Oliver's Ear Hurts (pdf)
The examples of preventive, alleviative, and curing medicines (pdf)

Further information

This assignment is related to a topic for which you can find background information in the section "What is medicine?" of the "Basic information on medicine" page.