Hand Washing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

With the help of this lesson plan, teach students more about the importance of hand washing. They will participate in a collaborative text protocol that requires them to summarize what they have read. Students will apply this knowledge to create a PSA about hand washing.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • detail how to properly wash your hands
  • explain why washing your hands is important


This lesson will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

This lesson is aligned to the following Common Core standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


Lesson Instructions

  • Tell your students that they are going to become experts on something they do every day (or at least they should be doing this every day).
  • Distribute paper copies of the lesson Hand Hygiene Lesson for Kids, one to each student.
  • Put the students in groups of three.
  • Each student will read and become an 'expert' on one of the three sections of the lesson: one will read 'Handwashing: What is it Good For?', one will read 'How Do I Wash My Hands,' and the third will read the 'How Do I Wash My Hands?' section.
  • As they read their section, ask students to highlight important points that summarize their part of the text.
  • Circulate the room and ask questions to students to check for understanding.
  • After the students have read, they will each share a summary of what they read to the rest of their group. Other students can ask clarifying questions, as needed.
  • Reconvene as a class and ask for a volunteer to read the 'Lesson Summary' out loud.
  • Answer any outstanding questions students may have before handing out paper copies of the lesson's quiz.
  • Ask students to work independently to complete the quiz. Review the answers as a class before moving on to the activity.

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