1. Tell students, “We are going to play a quick game of True or False. Ready?”
a. Depending on group, have students raise hands or have students call out whether they think it’s true or false.
2. Read statements below and, after each one, gives a brief explanation.
a. You can get warts from toads. (False)
i. This is what they call an “old wives tale.” They say this because toads have bumps on their backs that look like warts.
b. Skin can get fungus. (True)
i. Yes! We can get infections and fungus, but we can also prevent it with the right steps.
c. Ringworms are little worms that crawl in your skin. (False)
i. Ringworm is a fungus, and it is called “ringworm” because of its ring–like shape on the skin.
d. Someone with warts or fungus is dirty. (False)
i. Not at all! Anyone can get a fungus or wart, especially if they are contagious! Fungus and warts affect people in clean and dirty environments.
e. Warts can go away by themselves. (True)
i. True! We can speed up the process, but eventually warts will go away.
3. Say, “So what if we think we have a wart? How do we know? What do we do?”
4. Pass out Wart Wisdom handout and goes through each fact:
a. When talking about where warts form, here is information you can say about characteristics of warts on face, bottom of feet, and fingers:
i. Warts on your face are generally flat, or long and skinny like fingers.
ii. Warts on the bottom of your feet are generally large, flat bumps. They are actually called “plantar warts” and might hurt when you walk on them.
iii. Warts on your fingers look like blisters, but are harder. They can also make your nails look weird.
5. Reinforce material by asking students, “So if you have a wart, does that mean you’re dirty?”
a. Students should respond, “No.”
b. If students respond incorrectly, go over the fact that warts can spread from anyone or anything to anyone. You can get out of the shower and touch something with the wart virus and get one!
6. Say, “But what about fungus? Usually when we think about fungus, we think of icky stuff that grows on old food. One of the most common places to get fungus, though, is on your feet and nails.”
7. Pass out Fungus Facts handout to students.
8. Go through each fact.
9. After Fungus Facts, explain that even though, yes, fungus can be gross, it’s not weird or strange. And really, it’s not THAT gross. Just sounds worse than it is! It’s very normal for kids, teenagers, and adults to get fungal infections.