1. Facilitator tells students to hold their hands out in front of them. S/he asks if any students have painted nails; if they do, Facilitator says to use the worksheet that will be passed out.
2. Facilitator passes out Nail Diagram worksheet
and tells students to fill out the parts of nail as they go along.
3. Facilitator explains different parts of nails:
a. The area right under your nail has a little pocket called the matrix. What’s it called? (Students should repeat “the matrix”). This is a little pocket that keeps making new cells. When new cells form, they push old ones out of the pocket, or matrix. And by the time the old cells come out…they’re dead! Your nails are dead cells; that’s why it doesn’t hurt to cut them. What’s the little pocket under the nail called? (Students should respond “the matrix”).
b. You may have heard about the cuticle. This part of your nail is the tiny sliver of skin around the nail. This protects the matrix from germs. Like a wall almost! Can you all see the cuticle? (Facilitator points at his/her own and walks around room to show students).
c. Lastly is the lunula—[loon-yoo-la]. Can you guys repeat that? (Lunula). You might only be able to see it on your thumb. If you can’t see it at all, it’s ok! This is actually part of the matrix—the pocket under your nail — that makes new cells and pushes out
the old ones!
4. To review, Facilitator asks students if they can name the three parts of the nail.
5. After this exercise, Facilitator explains there are a lot of things that can happen to your nails that can turn them from pretty to painful.
6. Facilitator passes out Nail Complications handout
7. Facilitator can break students into groups/pairs.
8. Facilitator then assigns certain groups to read specific sections of handout.
9. After 5 minutes or when all the students are finished, Facilitator can ask students from each assigned section to summarize each type of complication they read about for the class.