Writing Sample: Lesson on Being Sanitary

My husband was a little miffed that after 8 years we ran out of soap.

(I’m a little surprised by my awesomeness that I hadn’t had to buy hand soap for about 8 years! That is the magic of couponing – back in the day when I had the brain cells for it.)

So my husband commissioned our 5th grader to give us a lesson on sanitation. Don’t worry, I got the message loud and clear. I’ll go buy more soap. I would have anyway, of course.

This kid is just starting to learn to write essays using the Writing and Rhetoric series from Classical Academic Press. I’m not saying we’re going to enter this particular one into any contests or anything, but it’s a great start for a kid who hates to write. (Don’t struggle too much with the handwriting and spelling; I’ve typed the entire thing up for you below the scan.)

Lesson on Sanitation

1) We all use hand sani(tizer) when we come home or get dirty. But hand sani(tizer) only takes away 99.999% of germs, so we need to wash our hands. We all know how to wash our hands. It is important to wash our hands after we touch animals. They could have diseases on them. That is why we use hand sani(tizer) and wash our hands. We use hot water and soap because the hot water will kill the germs and so does the soap. So we get over 100% of all the germs. But the hand sani(tizer) and soap con only kill germs they are touching so we rub our hands together for at least 30 seconds. You can sing “Happy Birthday” if you like. 

2) We need to wash our hands and put a Band-Aid on cuts because germs can get into the cuts and cause disease and infections.

3) We need to clean. Cleaners can take away germs. It is important to have a clean house. We are NOT going to clean the bathrooms for the house for the activity! Vacuuming is also important.

4) We need to clean our food. Germs can get on the food we eat so we need to wash our food. Countertops and door handles have lots of germs on them. So whenever you go somewhere, wash your hands.

5) Dirt can have worm eggs in it. So when ever you play outside, wash your hands.

Ok, a few notes to help this make a little more sense. He fully knows that you cannot have more than 100%. This is the comic relief of an otherwise potentially dry topic. Also, we have a couple red ear slider turtles. The brochure at the pet store made it very, very clear that salmonella can be spread by some turtles. So, naturally, I got paranoid about it and I make the kids wash their hands AND use hand sanitizer after we feed and take care of Red-Eye and Yokili. (Ironically, THIS is the kid who doesn’t like to help with the turtles, not because he doesn’t like helping, but because then he would have to wash his hands!)

We also have our family “meetings” on Monday nights. They are usually followed by a little activity and then a treat. Thus the reference to an activity after the lesson. But he needn’t have worried. Nobody feels like cleaning the bathrooms after a long Monday.

We all did wash our hands, though, before grabbing a cookie and some milk.

And now I better get ready to head off to Walmart!

We’re out of soap!