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Lesson 5: Preventing Colds and Fighting Germs


This lesson teaches about preventing colds and other communicable diseases. Students learn about how germs can cause infections by listening to a story. They view a picture of a classroom to identify all the ways germs could spread, and come up with simple rules that can help prevent the spread of germs. The teacher models the steps for proper handwashing and then students work with a partner to practice. They take home a family sheet to help them discuss preventing colds with their parents or guardians.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify different ways that disease-causing germs are transmitted.
  2. Identify ways to prevent the spread of germs that cause common infectious diseases.
  3. Demonstrate the steps for proper handwashing.


SEL Connection

  • self-management

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • PHW-1: Practice appropriate hygiene habits.
  • PHW-5: Practice behaviors that prevent infectious diseases.
  • PHW-8: Practice behaviors that prevent food-borne and water-borne illnesses.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.1: Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.3: Describe ways to prevent communicable diseases.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.2.1: Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
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