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Teaching National Clean Hands Week to Your Students

Last updated 6 years ago

Every school year provides a new opportunity to teach students fresh and exciting lessons. This school year, you can also take some time to go over past lessons that still play an important role in the lives of your students. September 18th marks the start of National Clean Hands Week, providing the perfect opportunity to teach your students the importance of cleanliness. Use these teacher resources to help you during National Clean Hands Week:

  • Teach students how to properly wash hands. Start celebrating National Clean Hands Week by showing students the right way to wash their hands after eating, playing, going to the restroom, or doing other activities that might get their hands dirty. Demonstrate how to use the faucets to get warm water before wetting hands and using soap to create lather. Teach students to wash their hands for approximately 20 seconds before rinsing thoroughly with warm water.
  • Present activities that illustrate why hand-washing is so important. Teaching children about the benefits of washing their hands regularly will help them incorporate their healthy habits into their daily lives. You can do this with activities that demonstrate how hand-washing removes germs that can easily be transferred and make students sick. Find books that discuss the importance of removing germs or play games that help children understand how germs spread and how washing their hands can help keep all students safer and healthier.
  • Keep hand-washing supplies in full stock around the room. After teaching your students about the importance of thoroughly washing their hands after certain activities, you can help them put their skills to work by making sure they have access to hand-washing supplies. Keep antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer in the classroom, as well as lotion to help children avoid cracked or dry skin. You should also keep plenty of tissues in the classroom and teach students how to sneeze and cough into either a tissue or their elbow to avoid spreading germs.

These activities can be incorporated into your elementary school lesson plans to help students gain a better understanding of their own health and safety. You can get more tips by contacting Florida Citrus today at (813) 379-2736.


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