Annastacia Waterman
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lower Primary
  • 2nd Grade
  • Elementary
  • Grade 2
  • Health
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    2nd Grade: Preventing the Spread of Disease Health Lesson

    2nd Grade: Preventing the Spread of Disease Health Lesson


    Preventing the spread of diseases is not only an Indiana Academic Standard that is required, but is applicable to keep schools and students healthy. This lesson plan is perfect for a heath teacher or general educator regarding grade 2. While this lesson is intended for Grade 2, it can be easily modified to reach younger grades or made more challenging and/or in-depth for older grades.

    Lesson Overview

    Indiana Academic Standard:

    K-Grade 2 K-2.1.3 Describe ways to prevent communicable diseases.


    Essential Question(s):

    Why do we need to learn how to prevent communicable diseases? These may seem like simple skills we already know but applying these prevention ideas allow us and our families to stay healthy, have good attendance, and be able to participate in fun events such as bowling and cookouts!


    Learning Objective(s):

    Students will apply their knowledge on ways to prevent communicable diseases by creating a picture brochure for families which include 4 facts with at least 2 images or drawings that describe the suggestions. 



    Vocabulary and Other Resources


    Disease- illness or sickness

    Germs- tiny organisms that cause illness or sickness

    Prevention- to stop from happening

    “Prevent disease” = to stop sicknesses from occurring

    “The spread of germs” = tiny organisms going from one person to another that causes sickness or illnesses


    Other Resources:

    Exit ticket worksheet.

    Sticky notes for teacher to jot down formative assessment thoughts/feedback.

    Vocab helpful handout.


    Jack Hartmann Keep Bad Germs Away video: Keep Bad Germs Away | Health and Wellness Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann - YouTube

    Lesson Activities


    Make sure your students are excited! 

    I will grab students’ attention by having them stand up. I will turn off one set of lights and we will silently listen and dance along to Jack Hartmann’s Keep Bad Germs Away video and song.

    I will then turn on lights and explain why it is important to practice these ways to prevent germs.


    Learning Activities:

    I Do/Whole Group: We will watch a video showing ways in which we can prevent the spread of diseases. I will then move to the formative assessment of true or false questions after lesson.

    We Do/Guided Practice: Students will begin to work on their preventable diseases’ brochures.

    You Do/Independent Practice: Summative assessment of the exit ticket.

    For vocabulary, I will read and discuss the words/phrases with my students. Before we begin our brochures, we will review the vocabulary. We will play a game in which the students are divided into two teams. One member from each team comes to the front where every vocabulary word/phrase is written on the board. These two members each get a fly swatter. I will read a definition and the first member to hit the correct vocabulary word/phrase will win a point for their team.


    Assessments and Wrap-Up

    Formative Assessment:


    As we discuss the different ways to prevent communicable diseases, I will ask questions regarding vocabulary and strategies to prevent diseases. I will have students close their eyes. When asking the question, I will instruct students to give a thumbs up if they think it is the first answer choice or put a peace sign if they think it is the second answer choice given. With students answers, I will take notes on a post-it to record what I need to go over and/or who may need additional one-on-one help. 


    Summative Assessment:

    Students will have a 3 question ‘exit ticket’ for the end of the lesson. This will be collected and recorded as a grade in the homework category to test their knowledge.

    Accommodations, Modifications, and Additional Information


    For SPED, students will be provided with an all-multiple choice exit ticket. For their safety brochure, they will be expected to draw out and explain to me what their prevention strategies are.



    For ELL students, I will play Jack Hartmann’s video with subtitles in their natural language. Depending on their IEP, their brochures will be graded on a more lenient rubric.


    High Ability:

    For high ability, students will have no multiple-choice questions on their exit ticket. These students must also provide two vocabulary words within their brochures.