Sunday, October 25, 2009

All Listeners Must Wash Hands

Story linked from NPR's Oct. 23rd Science Friday

Summary: According to a recent article published in the American Journal of Public Health, people are not washing their hands as often as they should. British researchers found that of 250,000 people observed, only 32% of men and 64% of women, washed their hands with soap. Over one million children die each year from diarrheal disease. Simple handwashing could significantly reduce those numbers by as much as half.

Lesson Uses: With H1N1 of major concern in our communities, it is imperative to encourage our students, one of the most vulnerable populations, to wash their hands often with soap. offers lesson plans and worksheets for grades kindergarten through six in English, Spanish, and French on handwashing. Lessons meet Arizona State Comprehensive Health Education readiness standard Strand 1, 1CH-R1, PO2. Set the stage with the book, Germs Make Me Sick!

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