Lesson Plan : Why Should You Wash Your Hands?

Teacher Name:
 S. Jones
Grade:
 Grade 11-12
Subject:
 Special Education

Topic:
 * The importance of hand washing
Content:
 Seven steps for good hand washing technique When to wash your hands
Goals:
 To understand the importance of hand washing To demonstrate the seven steps for good hand washing technique
Objectives:
 The student will be able to verbalize that maintaining good health is the most important reason for hand washing. The student will demonstrate the seven steps for good hand washing.
Materials:
 The Importance of Hand Washing for your Health handout sink and running water hand soap nail brushes UV light UV cream
Introduction:
 Good frequent hand washing is the single best way to prevent the spread of many common diseases such as the common cold. We must wash our hands before meals, before and after preparing food, after using the toilet, and after blowing your nose or coughing or sneezing. Student volunteer will demonstrate proper hand washing technique. I will hand him/her "clean" paper towel to dry hands. The paper towel will be treated with UV cream. Student will place "clean" hands under UV light to reveal "germs" left behind.
Development:
 Following the seven steps in the handout (both pictures and words), I will have the students gather around the sink and model the proper technique for hand washing. Look For Students to: 1. remove rings and wet hands 2. small amount of soap in palm of hand 3. rub hands for 20 seconds; scrub all parts 4. rinse hands for 10 seconds; use paper towel to turn off water 5. dry hands with single use paper towel 6. use hand lotion for dry skin 7. model good hand washing for others
Practice:
 Each student will have an opportunity to practice the seven components of this skill and receive feedback from myself and/or the educational assistant.
Accommodations:
 Step stools will be available as well as a non-slip floor surface.
Checking For Understanding:
 If all the cream was washed from your hands, what seven things did you do to make that happen? If all the cream was not washed from your hands, what could you have done differently? What do you need to do to make sure your hands are clean?
Closure:
 Good frequent hand washing is the single best way to prevent the spread of many common diseases. Wash your hands before meals, before and after preparing food, after using the toilet, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, before feeding children, after changing diapers or helping a child use the toilet, after playing with shared toys, before and after visiting with people who are sick and after handling animals or their wastes.
Evaluation:
 For really bad offenders I start to use a rubric and make it part of their daily routine.
Teacher Reflections:
 This is really important for students now and throughout life. I'm glad I chose to include it in lessons.

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