Germs and Handwashing! This History of Science product
tells the story of ‘Ignaz Semmelweis’, the first doctor to introduce hand
washing in hospitals. Teach your class about the history of hand washing with a
story about a famous scientist in the past. Try two hands on experiments: Pass
the Germ and Hand Washing Experiment.
This product includes:
- 50 slide PowerPoint on Ignaz
- Pass the Germ Experiment
- Hand Washing Experiment
- Four worksheets to consolidate learning
- Objectives showing where to link to the Irish Curriculum for 4th -6th class
See the preview images for more details and images from the PowerPoint slides.
Teach children strategies for hand washing and an awareness of how germs are spread. Semmelweis worked in the
maternity unit of a hospital and was alarmed by the numbers of women dying from Puerperal Fever. He conducted studies to find the reason for the high mortality rate. The story of Semmelweis is written in language suitable for children in 4th – 6th class.
Children find the story of Semmelweis fascinating as the other doctors at the time did not believe him and
he quit his job as a result. He is an example of a ‘famous failure’. People now
recognize that his hand washing methods saved many lives. Opportunities for
discussion are included throughout the PowerPoint. Discuss the importance of
hand washing and how to wash your hands. This product gives children an insight
into science in the past.
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