How to Avoid Getting Sick: An SEL Lesson for Grade 1 Students

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How to Avoid Getting Sick: An SEL Lesson for Grade 1 Students

As curious little explorers, children love to touch and play with everything they come across. However, this natural curiosity can also put them at risk of catching germs that can make them sick. That's why it's important for children to learn about healthy habits early on to keep themselves and those around them safe and healthy.

In this evidence-based health education lesson, first graders discover the fascinating world of germs and learn how to protect themselves from getting sick. Through interactive activities and games, students not only learn about the importance of healthy habits but also develop a sense of responsibility for their own well-being and the well-being of others.

To begin, the teacher leads a discussion about the importance of handwashing. First graders are taught to wash their hands frequently, especially after using the restroom and before eating. By doing this, they can prevent germs from spreading.

"In this evidence-based health education lesson, first graders discover the fascinating world of germs and learn how to protect themselves from getting sick."

The lesson then moves on to the need to cover one's nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Instead of using their hands, students are encouraged to use their arms to protect others against contagious diseases. This is a critical lesson, as it teaches students to be considerate of others and their health.

To reinforce the lesson concepts, students are encouraged to think of positive thoughts, actions, and feelings related to health. Students also review the other positive actions discussed in the previous lessons, including eating right, exercising daily, getting enough sleep and rest, and keeping their bodies clean.

Finally, the students engage in a fun SEL activity. They play a charade game, where the teacher whispers a positive action to a volunteer, who then acts it out while their classmate guesses the positive action. This activity allows students to connect with the lesson and apply what they have learned.

By the end of the lesson, students have learned valuable information about staying healthy and avoiding illnesses. They understand the importance of washing their hands, covering their nose and mouth, and engaging in positive actions related to health. These positive actions make them feel good about themselves and help them maintain a healthy body and mind.

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