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Elementary School Food Safety Lessons

Lesson 3 KeepingBac Washing
Our Food Safe

National Health Education Standards
(grades 1-4) 1:1; 1:8; 3:1; 3:2
time: 30 minutes
teacher note
This lesson is discrete and can be taught as a single lesson or in conjunction with others in this series. The Teacher Resources include pre-and post-tests for this lesson; these may be used at the teacher's discretion. The lesson includes four activities and a handwashing rules guide.
student learning objectives
  1. Students will become aware that bacteria are all around, on people and surfaces.
  2. Students will learn the steps in correct hand washing.
  3. Students will learn when they should wash their hands.
  4. Students will learn that they can stay well by washing their hands.
  5. Students will learn that they must wash their hands before they touch, prepare, serve, or eat food.
required materials
  • The Food Safety House: Preparing Food Safely Teacher's Guide (2000). Order from Kids First Inc. Cost is $40.00. Curriculum is divided into two parts: one for first through third grade and the other for fourth through sixth grade. It includes a flip chart with colorful visuals and teacher's guide.
  • One cup of flour
  • USDA Fight Bac™ poster may be obtained through USDA or Kids First, (401) 751-4503 (phone, (401) 421-0248 (fax),
Teacher note: This lesson was drawn from Unit 1 The Microworld (Teacher Information, page 4); from Student Activity Sheet: How Do Bacteria Get Around? (page 12); from Unit 2 Sanitation; and from Lesson 1 Hand Washing (page 14-15) found in The Food Safety House: Preparing Food Safely Teacher's Guide Grades 1-3.
  • Order The Food Safety House: Preparing Food Safely Teacher's Guide, which includes a well-illustrated flip chart used in this lesson.
  • Obtain one cup of flour.
  • Duplicate the Rules for Handwashing for each student.
  • Write the following hand washing techniques on the board:
    How Do We Wash Our Hands?
    • Use warm water to wet hands.
    • Rub hands with soap to make lather while counting to 20 or reciting the ABC's slowly—do not rush. (This is how long it takes to get your hands clean.)
    • Rinse hands with warm water and be sure to remove all the soap.
    • Dry hands with a clean paper towel.
  • Arrange for adult volunteers or upper-class persons to help with the hand washing demonstration. Prepare these persons prior to the class by sharing the techniques taught. Arrange for supplies needed for hand washing demonstration.
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