A Lesson in
Personal Hygiene

K-5 MH (could be adapted for other ages or groups)

Tiffin City Schools, Tiffin, OH / Kennedy

Suzanne Reinhart, School Counselor


Kennedy the Golden Retriever having his teeth brushed by students and counselor


Students will understand consequences of choices between brushing teeth and not brushing teeth.

Students will learn the importance of brushing teeth, hair, nail care, and bathing.

Students will learn how Kennedy and Mrs. Reinhart practice canine hygiene and personal oral hygiene.


Kennedy’s toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, and nail clippers


Ask, “Why do you think it would be important for Kennedy’s teeth to be brushed?” Answers will vary,
but will include such comments as his breath will be nicer, his teeth won’t fall out, he won’t get cavities, etc.

Demonstrate how Kennedy gets his teeth brushed. Allow willing students to take turns brushing his teeth.

Have students demonstrate how they might brush their own teeth, either using their own toothbrush or pretending with their fingers.

Follow a similar procedure for brushing hair and keeping hair clean. Students can brush Kennedy and demonstrate how to comb thoroughly through all his hair.

This can be expanded to bathing, using deodorant, clean clothing, and anything hygiene related, depending on the needs/ages of students.


Observe how students listen to the lesson and are engaged in it. This lesson may be used with
individual students or with small groups, as needed.

For a Printable PDF of this Lesson Plan, download this file: AP-LessonPlan-Hygiene

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