Teacher Voice: Kristi Okura

18-Oct-2021

I was given this video to watch: How soap kills the coronavirus and was asked how I could implement a lesson to teach my Kindergarteners about germs and the importance of handwashing during this COVID pandemic. Here’s the lesson I put together and how it went...

​By Kristi Okura

I was given this video to watch: How soap kills the coronavirus and was asked how I could implement a lesson to teach my Kindergarteners about germs and the importance of handwashing during this COVID pandemic.

Here’s the lesson I put together and how it went...

I started my whole group discussion by talking about how coming to school and even going out in our community is very different from last year. To my surprise just about all the children said things like: “Corona Virus” or “COVID”. One child shared how his parents told them how there’s lots of yucky germs. 

This discussion was an amazing way to start my lesson because it made talking about the proper way to hand wash so much easier and the children were eager to learn how to wash the germs away to stay healthy. 

Many young children need to visually see the germs on their hands so, I incorporated my Glitter Bug Potion. This Glitter Bug Potion when rubbed thoroughly like lotion and a UV flashlight, the children can see the germs on their hands as pictured below.

Hands with Glitter Bug Potion
 
Hands that was washed for 20 seconds


For the children whose hands were still glowing, they would need to go back, scrub their hands for 20 seconds while singing a song (ABCs or Happy Birthday) while washing hands until all the germs were washed away. 

For more information on my lesson plan, check it out here




Kristi Okura is a Hawaii State Teacher Fellow. She has an Early Childhood Education background with over ten years of experience working for the military and in the private sector as a preschool teacher. She moved over to the Department of Education (DOE) in 2018 and is currently a Kindergarten Inclusion teacher at Kipapa Elementary School (Leilehua, Mililani, Waialua Complex).






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