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Lesson 6: Washing Hands

Overview

Students discuss all the ways hands can get dirty and pick up germs during the day. They discuss when and why it is important to wash their hands. They watch a demonstration and practice the steps for proper handwashing, then make a pledge to remember to wash their hands often.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. State why handwashing is important to good health.
  2. Demonstrate the steps to proper handwashing.
  3. Make a pledge to properly wash their hands throughout the day.

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • PHW-2: Practice appropriate hygiene habits.
  • PHW-6: Practice behaviors that prevent infectious diseases.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.1: Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
  • Standard 6: Goal Setting
  • Performance Indicator 6.2.1: Identify a short-term personal health goal and take action toward achieving the goal.
  • Performance Indicator 6.2.2: Identify who can help when assistance is needed to achieve a personal health goal.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.2.1: Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.