Family and Consumer Science
Teacher: Mary Ellen Hardin Dates: 3-4
Early Childhood Professions-
Subject: Communicable Diseases
Standard/Competency: 19.0 Demonstrate Safety Procedures
19.4 Identify basic health practices and prevention procedures regarding childhood
illness and communicable diseases.
20.4 Demonstrate proper hand washing procedures
PO 5 Acquire and use new vocabulary in relevant contexts. Identify the meanings,
pronunciations, correct spelling by using resources.
PO 4 Connect information and events in text to experience and to related text and
PO 4 Organize information from both primary and secondary sources by taking notes,
PO 5 Interpret graphic sources of information etc.
PO7 Make relevant inferences etc.
PO 2 Synthesize information from multiple sources, etc.
Introduction: First- Play the index card game. Explain that the purpose of the activity is
to demonstrate how quickly communicable diseases are spread. Discuss. Ask the class-
who can tell the class what communicable diseases are? (Or have different
communicable diseases written on cards and pass out to students and ask- what do all
these words have in common? Class discussion such as Who remembers having
chicken pox? How did you get it? Class relates own personal stories. Teacher relates
own personal stories and explains a little history of what life was like for children and
adults dying or getting very ill from communicable diseases Etc. Have a student look up
the definition in the dictionary. Students should learn how to care for children who
become ill while in their care, a child’s health is a key concern when planning, preparing
and maintaining a classroom environment. A healthy environment for young children
starts with sound health policies. To avoid the transmission of disease, stress personal
hygiene practices. Plan for sudden illnesses at your daycare or preschool center.
Guided Practice: Students read text, chapter 12 Guiding Children’s Health. Students
work in groups to read, research and present to rest of class these areas from the text:
Objectives for Guiding Health, Health policies, Medical Examination, Immunizations,
Attendance Policy. Administering Medications, Daily Health Inspection, Contacting
Parents, and the handout- Is Your Child Well Enough to be in School Today? Brief
presentation to class. Students copy down the important ideas learned from each group.
Key Concepts and Vocabulary: The best way to begin guiding children’s health is by
setting health policies. The second step is guiding health by having knowledge of
various illnesses and diseases. You will need to know how to control transmittable
illnesses and diseases. Protecting, maintaining and even improving health is a major
responsibility of a teacher. Vocabulary-Communicable diseases, incubation period,
immunizations, sanitation, hygiene, bacteria, virus, etc.
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Check For Understanding And Reteaching: Teacher evaluation of students’
classroom presentations, worksheets, classroom discussions, comments and questions.
Classroom Assignments: Read text, brief group presentations, (use chart on pages
179-180) worksheet-Communicable Diseases-Choose any 4 that you don’t know much
about, use text or internet search to find out information. Worksheet-Health Match-
match the terms and definitions. Read steps to proper hand washing handout and
demonstrate the correct technique at the kitchen sinks. View video from the Health
Department on transmitting Communicable diseases at a home daycare center. If
possible- have a representative from the health department come in and speak to class.
Discuss. Internet search- use the following sites (or do your own search) to find out
about children’s health sites and the types of information available for parents or
children themselves. Read and write 4 new ideas that you learned from one of these
sites: www.kidshealth.org, www.childrenshealth.org.uk/. Teacher will write internet
search format on the board.
Homework/Extra Credit Assignments: Read a Self-Care Guide booklet. Write a
paragraph on one topic that you want to know more about.
Summary/Closure: Review key concepts. The best way to begin guiding children’s
health is by setting health policies. The second step to guiding health is by having
knowledge of various illnesses and diseases. You will need to know how to control
transmittable illnesses and diseases. Protecting, maintaining and even improving health
is a major responsibility of a teacher. Daily health checks of children at daycare centers
or preschools is important.
Assessments: Teacher evaluation of students’ classroom presentations, points on
worksheets, points on homework assignments.
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