Personal Hygiene Lesson Plan for Middle School

Instructor: Sharon Linde
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.

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