Hand Washing at its Best: Gotta Be Clean


In this lesson, students will be introduced to the first defense against diseases, which is handwashing. Students will identify and recall the terminology connected to this lesson. The lesson will conclude with students applying and demonstrating the correct way to wash their hands in preparation of the culminating project.


Handwashing is the first defense against infection. Preventing infection in the healthcare sector is vital. Students should protect themselves and their patients. It is one of the most significant skills that students learn and utilize in every facet of care that they give. In order to prevent the spread of infection students must learn how the spread of infection occurs, by describing and recognizing, the "chain of infection". Students will continue the lesson in infection knowledge and prevention. In the first part of this lesson students will watch the video on hand washing. Students will view the video and write the steps in the process for the skill of hand washing. Students will also produce a Public Announcement on handwashing in groups and present it to other students in classes on campus (this will prepare the students in presenting their culminating project.) This lesson will allow students to recognize, describe and memorize the key terminology for infection control which allows the instructor to assess the students understanding of the key terms.

  • Instructor will lecture on infection control (see lecture notes).
  • Instructor will model proper handwashing technique.
  • Students will demonstrate the proper way of handwashing.
  • Instructor will provide a test on infection control.

Lesson Times

5 Minutes
Review Steps
20-25 Minutes
Public Announcement on Handwashing
1-2 Class Period
Vocabulary Practice
60-120 Minutes
Chain of Infection poster
60 Minutes
Model handwashing
10 Minutes
Handwashing demonstration
20-25 Minutes
What's lurking on your hands?
5-10 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
K-12 Subjects
  • Physical / Health Education
Grade Levels
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (1)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • The student will be able to name four infectious agents (microbes) and discuss the diseases they cause.
  • The student will be able to define and discuss six chains of infection
  • The student will be able to differientate between medical and surgical asepis
  • The student will be able to define the medical terminology of infection control.
  • The student will be able to list the steps of handwashing techniques.

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