this is just the beginning

some people study for big chemistry tests, have long math homework, and some people stress about presentations…i spend my time writing lesson plans and love it. What could be more fun {or messy} than teaching a bunch of 1st graders how to wash their hands??? i can’t wait.

Name: Abby Bess            Date: October 7, 2010     Lesson Length: 30 minutes        Grade: 1

Group Size: Whole Class

Lesson Type: Introduction

Subject: Health            Topic: Washing Your Hands

RATIONALE: Germs are everywhere and are easily spread. Children need to learn the importance of personal hygiene so that they can help prevent the spread of germs and keep their bodies healthy.  This lesson will focus on the importance of washing your hands.

STANDARDS: 1st Grade-Standard 1, Objective 1, Indicator a

Practice appropriate personal hygiene (e.g. bathe, wash hands, clean clothes)


Hand soap, sink, glitter, hand lotion, paper towels, white board, dry erase markers, and white paper for each student


Learning Goal: Students will demonstrate the proper way to wash their hands, explain why we wash our hands, and will understand when the appropriate times to wash their hands are.

Objective: Each student will wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least twenty seconds while the teacher is watching and observing them to see if they  are doing it appropriately and will be able to draw pictures of the steps of hand                 washing and explain why and when we need to wash our hands.


Informal: Teacher will walk around the room making sure students are staying on task and are understanding the importance of washing their hands.

Formal: Wash hands in front of teacher appropriately.


Direct Instruction

  1. ANTICIPATORY SET: Put a small amount of lotion into each of the children’s hands and have them rub their hands together.  Then over the trashcan, sprinkle a small amount of glitter onto their hands and then have them rub it onto their hands as well.  Next, hand out a paper towel to a few of the students. Tell them to try to get the glitter off with just the paper towel. Then, pick a few other students to try to get the glitter off with plain, cold water.  Lastly, pick a few more students to go to the sink and rinse their hands with warm, soapy water.  Bring the students back to their desks and talk about which method worked the best. Then ask them what they think the glitter represents.  Why is it so important to wash your hands?
  2. TELLING: State and post objective
  3. INSTRUCTION: Have the students sit in a semicircle on the floor in front of the teacher.  Describe to them the rules of washing their hands and when they should do it.  These rules are use warm running water, use soap, rub hands together for at least twenty seconds, scrub underneath fingernails, rinse and then dry your hands.  Tell them that they always need to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating or touching food, and after playing with animals or pets.  Teach them a song that they can sing while they wash their hands to make sure that they wash their hands long enough. Practice singing the song so each student can memorize it and use it. (Write this song on the board)
    1. (Sing to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Wash, wash, wash your hands,

Play our handy game

Rub and scrub, scrub and rub,

Germs go down the drain

(Sing it through twice to make it about 20 seconds)

4. MODELING: Ask the students to follow you to the sink. Show the students how to make the water warm and then wash             your hands appropriately.  Have the children sing with you the “Wash, Wash, Wash your Hands” song two times while you             wash your hands and model for them the correct way.  Talk about each step as you wash your hands in front of the                               students.

5. GUIDED PRACTICE: Have the students turn to their neighbor and tell them the steps of washing their hands and why             we wash our hands.  Walk around the room to make sure each student understands the appropriate steps of hand washing               and why we do it

6.CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING: Hand each student a piece of paper and have them draw out the steps of hand                       washing and when the appropriate times are to wash their hands. After they have finished their drawing, have them show it           to you and check to see if they have completely understood the lesson.

7. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: Have each students come up by their tables and wash their hands appropriately. (The                other students will still be working on drawing the steps of hand washing). Observe that they do all the steps presented in                class.

8. CLOSURE: After everyone has gotten the chance to wash their hands, talk about how they can help remind people how              to wash their hands and the importance of it since it helps prevent the spread of germs and promotes good personal hygiene.


Expectations of Behavior: Students will use appropriate voice levels for each activity,will keep their hands to themselves, and use the sink only for washing their hands (no splashing, spraying, etc.).  Students will also raise their hands during any class               discussion

Fast Finisher: Students may make signs with their own markers for the classroom to remind people to wash their hands or read a book quietly.

“In the future, we shall measure our lives by our own growth and our ability to help others grow” {Robert Theobald}

you need a picture in every post right? and this one just made me laugh today.


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