Personal Hygiene Lesson Plan for Middle School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your middle school students about good personal hygiene skills with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains personal hygiene and gives ways to keep healthy and clean, then apply information to a personal plan.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define personal hygiene
  • provide examples of personal hygiene activities
  • explain why good personal hygiene is important
  • make a plan for good personal hygiene


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Puberty
  • Physical changes
  • Physiological changes
  • Norms
  • Hygiene

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


  • This topic can be tricky for middle school students. Consider dividing the group into male and female students and teaching separately. If this isn't possible, speak to students before the lesson, defining acceptable behavior and ensuring that all students are to be respected.
  • Check with your administrator to make sure permission slips or other parental release forms aren't necessary before teaching this lesson.
  • Consider asking your school nurse or guidance counselors to help teach this lesson to students in smaller groups to make students feel more comfortable and open to content.


  • Tell students they will be learning about personal hygiene. Divide into partner pairs and have students talk to a partner, sharing their understanding of the term 'personal hygiene.'
  • Discuss answers as a whole group and ask:
  • Read the first section 'Looking Good and Being Healthy' together.
  • Define the term 'puberty' and list the changes our bodies go through during this time.
  • Discuss the differences between Dana and Dominick from the lesson, asking:
    • Why may Dominick not be motivated to have good personal hygiene?
    • What would you tell him if you were his friend?
  • Next read 'The Teenage Years: Full of Changes' together. Have partners work together to list the physical and physiological changes they're going through. If desired, have students focus on the characters from the lesson, Dana and Dominick, to answer this question.
  • Share answers, then read 'Female Teens' and/or 'Male Teens.'
  • Compare the answers to those from the lesson, then read the remainder of the lesson and take the quiz to check understanding.

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