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Training & Education

Below you will find links to information on trainings and educational resources.

Classroom Lessons & Activities

CDC Resources

BAM! Body and Mind – Hand Washing Experiment (5-8)
Students will learn that “clean” hands may not be so clean after all and that washing their hands can prevent the spread of disease.

CDC Science Ambassador Lesson Plans – Inquiry into Infectious Disease: It’s a Germy World After All [PDF – 43 pages] (9-12)
This lesson engages high school students in a demonstration of how germs are transmitted from person to person and involves them in an inquiry-based activity and webquest.

Other Resources

Curriculum Ideas for Exploring Handwashing [PDF – 30 pages]
This curriculum assists children in developing healthy habits and gives them an appreciation for, and an understanding of, the benefits of handwashing.

GloGerm – Educational Worksheets (K-6)
These lesson plans and worksheets in English, Spanish, and French tailor handwashing information and activities to grade level.

Healthy Schools, Healthy People – It’s a SNAP Annual Recognition Awards (K-12)
Help prevent school absenteeism by creating a handwashing campaign for your school community—and win national recognition and prizes!

Minnesota Department of Health – Age-Appropriate Handwashing Curriculum (Age 3-adult)
This curriculum teaches handwashing to preschoolers, young children ages 3- 6, middle school and junior high students, and grades 9-adult.

Learning Tools & Materials

CDC Resources

Health Promotion Materials
View and download videos, podcasts, posters, stickers, and more for kids and other audiences.

Hygiene-related Presentations
Download and customize these presentations, featuring simple global handwashing data and information in an interactive format ideal for a classroom setting.

Other Resources

Global Handwashing Partnership – Tools & Templates
Download toolkits, infographics, and other handwashing materials for a variety of audiences.

Healthy Schools, Healthy People – It’s a SNAP Annual Recognition Awards
Download posters, postcards, stickers, and more for kids.

Henry the Hand – Posters and Coloring Books
Receive materials by email for children from preschool to high school.

NSF Scrub Club
Explore videos, games, and downloads for kids.

Sesame Street Handwashing Video
View video in eight languages.

Atlanta, Georgia-based Opportunities

CDC Ambassadors
CDC employees, contractors, and university fellows provide community outreach, including handwashing education, in schools, community- and faith-based organizations, and at events in their own neighborhoods. Contact CDC Community Relations for more information.

David J. Sencer CDC Museum
This unique museum features award-winning permanent and changing exhibitions that focus on a variety of public health topics, as well as the history of CDC. The museum is free and open to the public. It can accommodate student field trips and other groups by reservation.