Hygiene Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the importance of personal hygiene with this lesson. The plan includes a text to use as a shared reading in which student learn why personal hygiene is important as well as ways to maintain personal hygiene. Students then finish up by making a personal hygiene plan.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'hygiene'
  • explain why having good personal hygiene is important
  • list and discuss how to have good personal hygiene


1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • Personal hygiene
  • Germs

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Start by asking students to think of their nighttime routines, those things they do before going to bed. Give them an example from your own life, such as brushing teeth and taking a shower.
  • Divide students into partners and have them share their routines. Discuss as a class why they take care of their bodies and introduce the topic of personal hygiene.
  • Preview the vocabulary then distribute or display the lesson Personal Hygiene Lesson for Kids: Facts & Tips.
  • With students, read the section 'Keeping it Clean!' Label chart paper 'Personal Hygiene' and define vocabulary words, then ask:
    • What are some reasons we should have good personal hygiene? List answers on the chart paper.
    • How can germs get into our bodies?
    • What happens if germs get into our bodies?
  • Label the chart paper 'Tips for Good Personal Hygiene' and have students brainstorm a list of good hygiene with their partners.
  • Now read the 'Tips for Good Personal Hygiene' section with students, listing each tip on the chart paper with a brief explanation. Discuss:
    • When should we wash our hands?
    • Why do we need to wear clean clothes?
    • What are the benefits of brushing our teeth?
    • How often should we brush and floss our teeth?
  • Allow students to share other personal hygiene tips they discussed that weren't mentioned and list them on the chart paper, if appropriate.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' with students then take the quiz as a whole group to reinforce teaching.

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