Cold and flu season is fast approaching and our Grade 3 teams have been enlisted as hand washing Police to battle germs! Our school nurse visited to demonstrate the importance and techniques of washing our hands so the Grade 3s could then teach other students in Kindergarten and Grade 1.
First, students learned exactly how to wash their own hands, with tips on the most commonly missed spots and how long to scrub for.
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Next, the nurse gave each student a special "germ" powder to rub all over their hands, it glowed bright purple under a black light and their task was to scrub it all off! If any powder was left over after hand washing, our nurse used the black light to show them where they had missed and sent students back to try again.
On her second visit, the nurse showed the students how important it is to cover a cough or sneeze with your inner arm - and not our hands! She demonstrated the spreading of germs using glitter, and "sneezing" it into her own hands. Through a chain of students giving high fives, the germs were passed all the way down the line of 4 more people! This also re-emphasized the importance of washing our hands!
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Next Step: Sharing our learning
Once we were hand washing experts, the Grade 3s were off to teach their peers the same important information!
Students were tasked with creating a presentation to teach the Kindergarteners and Grades 1s about proper hand washing. For some groups this was though a skit or song, and for others it was a poster and demonstration. Students were encouraged to do their presentations in Spanish and required the use of some new vocabulary to help them do so:
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