Training & Education

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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 icon[PDF – 258 KB] (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 Handwashingexternal icon
This curriculum assists children in developing healthy habits and gives them an appreciation for, and an understanding of, the benefits of handwashing.

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

Minnesota Department of Health – Age-Appropriate Handwashing Curriculumexternal icon (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

Other Resources
Health Promotion Materials

Handwashing is your superpower! Boy version 1080x1080 button.

Download videos, podcasts, posters, stickers, and more for kids and other audiences.

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

Healthy Schools, Healthy People – Resourcesexternal icon
Download a toolkit with resources for school administrators and educators to help reinforce hand hygiene and cleaning practices to help keep school communities healthy and safe. Download posters, postcards, stickers, and more for kids.

NSF Scrub Clubexternal icon
Explore videos, games, and downloads for kids.

Sesame Street in Communitiesexternal icon
View games, videos, and more handwashing resources for kids.

Here for Healthy Schoolsexternal icon (A CDC Foundation and Lysol program)

Download printable resources such as informative posters, fun activities, useful sticker templates and engaging lesson plans that encourage healthy habits.

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.

Page last reviewed: April 21, 2021