Miss Pat noticed that Hector came in from recess with dirty hands and an open snack, which he continued to eat with his dirty hands. Oh no, thought Miss Pat, all those germs going into his mouth!
Before Miss Pat could speak to him, he scooped some snack with his hands and gave it to Willie, who put it in his mouth.
UGH, thought Miss Pat. No matter how many times I talk to them about when and why it is important to wash their hands…they forget. They forget about how germs are spread.
I know, she thought, it is time to visit the US Center for Disease Control, CDC, website that has a great graphic showing children how germs are spread.
Miss Pat called the class to order and asked everyone to focus on the White Board. Then she clicked on:
The “Can Dos” stared at the graphic from the CDC. They couldn’t believe their eyes! It was so easy just to hand germs to others! It was also so easy to get germs from others who did wash their hands often.
The class got quiet. Then Hector and a few others raised their hands and asked to go wash their hands.