Kids are disgusting. Don’t try to dispute it. They are cute little bundles of germs ready to make everyone sick that they touch. But there just might be an awesome classroom experiment that you can use to try to curb that behavior.
Walk into a classroom, any classroom where there are young kids, and you’ll find some pretty disgusting behavior. You’ll see things that you used to do when you were that age before you learned how to blow your nose and not pick it. Did you know kids sneeze into their hands and then wipe it on their pants?
Bread When It’s Being Good
That’s just the start of it. Then, they grab things and play with them. They touch door knobs and each other. They are walking germ carriers actively ready to spread all kinds of colds and coughs throughout the little worlds they can reach.
So, a Health Occupation teacher at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina decided to conduct a classroom experiment to teach kids how important it is to wash their hands. Of course, Donna Gill Allen teaches high school students who become Certified Nursing Assistants when they graduate. But it’s very important for them to learn to wash their hands too and this experiment is really good for any teacher who is around kids.
When Bread Has Gone Bad
Donna posted on her Facebook, “To all my teacher friends this is the grossest yet coolest experiment. I did this while teaching about germs and how they spread. You use three pieces of bread. You let all the kids see you put a piece of bread in a baggy with a glove on hence ‘controlled’ then you wash your hands and put a piece of bread in a baggy for ‘clean’…”
She continued, “…last but definitely not least you pass a piece of bread around and let every kid in class touch it then you put it in a baggy and label it dirty. Watch how the bread changes over time due to germs. It is so cool and a great way to teach the importance of hand washing.” When they see the molded bread while the other two pieces stay good, it sends a message.