Part of Lesson Plan: 1...2...3...No Germs on Me
Activity Overview / Details
1. Have students switch their procedure card with a partner.
2. Using their partners procedure card, the student should follow the exact steps that are explained on the card to put on the gloves. Students can not invent steps or correct their partner's directions. (This is a great photo opportunity as students often end up with gloves on backwards or two gloves on one hand or contaminating gloves).
3. Return the procedure card to the owner so that corrections can be made to their procedure card. (This step reinforces students need to be more accurate with their documentation and directions.)
4. Now, have the student put on one glove correctly, place some shaving cream in the palm of the gloved hand and ask them to put on the other glove without contaminating the first glove. Any shaving cream that comes in contact with the skin is an indication that the glove has been contaminated.
5. Once both gloves are on, place a small drop of food coloring in the shaving cream (this activity is often best done outside). Have the students carefully mix the color into the shaving cream and spread the shaving cream around both gloves. (The colored shaving cream represents contamination from some source i.e. blood, sputum, vomit etc).
6. Now have the students remove their gloves without contaminating themselves or their surroundings. It should be pretty obvious if contamination occurs. (this is also a good way to get your desks cleaned).