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Personal Hygiene Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about good personal hygiene habits with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that defines the term, explains types of hygiene and reasons for these practices. A hands-on learning activity and connection to life skills make this lesson memorable.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define personal hygiene
  • explain the importance of good personal hygiene
  • create a plan for good personal hygiene

Length

1 hour

Materials

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Warm Up

  • Have students imagine they were watching a younger child for an evening as a mother's helper. Ask them to list the things they would need to do to get their imaginary child ready for bed.
  • Break students into small groups and have them share their lists, synthesizing and creating one together.
  • Now have students share their lists as a whole class.
  • Write 'Personal Hygiene' on chart paper and define with students.
  • Take another look at your list and identify those items that fit under the 'personal hygiene' category.

Instructions

  • Distribute the text lesson Importance of Personal Hygiene for Children and read the first section 'Hygiene' with students.
  • Discuss reasons why good hygiene is important, then read the next section 'Types of Hygienic Practices for Children.'
  • Check your list against that from the lesson and add any items as necessary.
  • Read the section 'The Importance of Personal Hygiene for Children' together.
  • Have students work in their groups to write a reason each of the personal hygiene items listed is important.
  • Now call on each group to add their reason to your anchor chart until all items are covered. Discuss:
    • Is one of these items more important than others? Why or why not?
    • Which items help us stay healthy?
    • Which items help us be part of a society?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and take the quiz together to check understanding.

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