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Lesson 6: Avoiding Germs to Stay Healthy


This lesson helps students practice behaviors that will help prevent infectious diseases such as colds and flu. Students share symptoms they have experienced when sick, then read about how germs can be passed from person to person. They brainstorm things they can do to avoid infectious illness, and practice healthy actions they can take to prevent the spread of germs, including handwashing and covering sneezes and coughs. They also discuss the importance of asking for help and telling an adult then they don’t feel well.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe ways that common infectious diseases are transmitted.
  2. Describe ways to prevent the spread of germs that cause infectious diseases.
  3. Explain how handwashing and covering a cough and sneeze are effective ways to prevent many infectious diseases.
  4. Describe the importance of seeking help and treatment for common infectious diseases.


SEL Connection

  • self-management

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • PHW-5: Practice behaviors that prevent infectious diseases.
  • PHW-10: Use health care services to address common infectious diseases and manage chronic diseases and conditions.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.3: Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
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