Personal Hygiene Lesson Plan for Special Education

Instructor: Della McGuire

Della has been teaching secondary and adult education for over 20 years. She holds a BS in Sociology, MEd in Reading, and is ABD on the MComm in Storytelling.

This lesson plan helps special education students learn how to fold or use hangers for a variety of different kinds of clothing, wash their hands, brush their teeth and handle sneezes.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  • Identify categories and examples of different kinds of clothing and linens and demonstrate how to fold or hang them
  • Demonstrate the proper procedures for brushing teeth, washing hands, coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose


2 hours

Curriculum Standards


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.


  • Hygiene
  • Hang
  • Fold
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Clothing
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Fingernail brush
  • Paper towels
  • Toothbrushes for all students
  • Tissues
  • 2 clothes hangers
  • 1 laundry basket containing:
    • 1 long sleeve shirt
    • 1 tshirt
    • 1 slacks
    • 1 jeans
    • 1 shorts
  • 1 laundry basket containing:
    • 1 bed set (pillowcase, flat and fitted sheet)
    • 1 bath towel
    • 1 hand towel


  • Students move through stations in the classroom, each with a different hygiene activity.
    • Sorting, folding and hanging laundry
    • Washing hands
    • Brushing teeth
    • Handling sneezes
  • The hand washing and tooth brushing groups will be determined by the number of available sinks.
    • Students may have to practice this skill one at a time.
    • Try a field trip to the bathroom as a class if the classroom has no sink.
  • The laundry activity divides the class in half.
  • The sneezing activity can be done as a whole class.

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