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


1 hour


Curriculum Standards


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.


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


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).


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.


  • 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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