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American Cleaning Institute: Information on Health and Safety


Activity Description

Cleaning Institute Cleaning Tips
Source: Cleaning Institute Cleaning Tips (License: Protected by Copyright (c) [i.e. screenshot])

This site offers a world of information about laundry and all types of cleaning tips, understanding products, sustainable cleaning as well as industry priorities. The example website includes a section called Cleaning Tips where you can apply learning to home, school, or work. "Information sheets" found in teacher resources are in a printable format such as PDF. The section on Soaps and Detergents History with a timeline offers another way to organize a lesson.


  1. Preview the site.
  2. Check out the publications catalog to find topics to use as springboards for discussion or collaborative oral presentation or writing assignments.
  3. The Example Document, Cleaning Institute--Clean Living Summary sheet offers students a place to write a summary about one of the articles. Print or send the article to students digitally.


  1. Preview site with the students.
  2. Discuss topics available at the site.
  3. Assign small groups to study one of the topics and use the Example Document  summary sheet to record what they learned.
  4. Groups can then present to the class.

Teacher Tips

The site may need prior class work with vocabulary. Have students make vocabulary lists of new words.

More Ways

The section Healthy Schools, Healthy People has information sheets, brochures, fact sheets and posters

Under Teacher Resources there is a fun lesson you could share with students to use with their children on the Art and Science of Bubbles

A publication catalog includes fact sheets on cleaning products, hygiene, against disease, asthma, prevent accidents and much more.

Program Areas

  • ABE: Adult Basic Education
  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • ASE: High School Diploma


  • Intermediate
  • High
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Lesson Plan


Ask the question, What are all the things we clean in a day? Take two minutes to have students turn to their partners and make a list of five to ten examples. Share the list with the class


Why is it important that we clean and maintain a clean environment? Take two minutes to have students turn to their partners and discuss. Share as a class. 

Engagement Enhancement

Introduce the American Cleaning Institute website. Notice the menu across the top: Cleaning Tips, Understanding Products, Sustainable Cleaning, Industry Priorities. Open several links showing examples of what is available. As pairs, have students explore the website. Find practical cleaning tips to share with the class. Take notes on the chosen tip, including key points. Gather the class to share cleaning tips.

Engagement Enhancement

As pairs, students select a topic at the website, American Cleaning Institute  that interests them. Take notes on the topic. Prepare a summary of the topic. Use collaboration tools such as Google Docs or Microsoft Word

Engagement Enhancement

Student pairs use the website American Cleaning Institute to learn about cleaning tips. The class prepares a Google Slide Presentation or Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. Each student pair creates one slide on the  presentation. On the slide include an image, the cleaning tip they learned about, and the names of the student team members.

Each pair presents what they learned to the class using their slide. Encourage student pairs to answer questions asked by their classmates.

Engagement Enhancement

As part of the presentations, students evaluate each other's slides and presentations. Go over the rubric before the presentations. Discuss as a class, what makes a good presentation. Points to consider:

  • Did they make eye contact with the audience
  • Did they speak loud enough to be heard
  • Did they include a graphic
  • Were they able to answer students' questions
  • any other presentation points you would like to include
Engagement Enhancement Extension

Students take what they have learned and implement it in their homes.Begin the dicussion by sharing with their partners the responses they received. As a class, discuss what they taught and learned from others in their homes. 



  • Language Arts - Reading
    • Comprehension
  • Language Arts - Writing
    • Organization of Ideas
  • Reading
    • Consumer Skills
    • Critical Thinking/Decision Making
    • Health
  • Writing
    • Basic Sentences
    • Paragraph Skills


  • Reading
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  • Writing
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Speaking and Listening
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
    • CCR Anchor 3 - Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Reading, Speaking, Writing, American Cleaning Institute, cleaning, cleaning institute, collaborate, collaborative writing, guessing meaning from context, health, presentation, reading in context, safety, summary


You are granted a nonexclusive, nontransferable, limited and revocable right to access, use, display and navigate this web site solely for your personal, non-public use. You are also granted a limited and revocable license to print copies of any content accessible from this web site, but solely for your personal, non-public use. Except where otherwise noted, permission to use content (such as white papers, press releases, datasheets, and FAQs) from the ACI web site is granted, provided that (1) none of the copyright, trademark or other proprietary notices are removed, (2) the content is not edited or modified in any way without ACI’s prior written consent, (3) use of the content is for informational and non-commercial or personal use only and is not to be used in a misleading or deceptive manner, and (4) you do not use any content, without express written permission, in a manner that suggests an association with ACI or any of its members, services, initiatives or other activities. Further, you agree to abide by all additional copyright notices, information or restrictions contained in any content on the site.

AI Reference

ChatGPT was used for ideas for the lesson plan
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.