Creating a personal hygiene plan (personal care)
- Identify essential daily personal care practices
- Describe the most important ways of keeping the body clean.
- Identify some benefits of good personal care
- Explain the benefits of a range of personal care
- Maintain an agreed personal care plan
Give two or three reasons to care for personal belongings
- Identify appropriate clothing for a range of routine activities at home and in the community
Students will be aware of hand hygiene and some aspects of personal hygiene through home economics, science, and SPHE classes. (There is a huge emphasis in this school on hand hygiene)
1) Personal hygiene PowerPoint presentation:
2) Personal hygiene worksheets 1 and 2 (personal care):
3) Personal hygiene worksheet 3: Keeping your teeth healthy
4) Personal hygiene worksheet 4: Dental health quiz
Brief overview of the lesson:
The focus of this lesson is mainly on taking care of the body, teeth, hair and feet. Students will look at and plan a daily personal care programme and examine the benefits of such a plan. Students will explore the benefits and uses of a range of personal care products. We will emphasise that keeping the body clean is an important part of being healthy and looking and feeling good.
The teacher explains to students what the term ‘taking care of myself’ means by describing the key areas:
1. Myself: personal hygiene, dental care, hair and feet care.
2. My clothes: why change clothes, clean / dirty clothes
3. Area around me: Disposal of tissues, coughing & sneezing.
Students are taken through the steps of how you take care of your own body. We explore the following questions using Power point ‘Personal Hygiene’ (1) :
Why? It is important to be clean so as not to offend others e.g. if unclean we may smell, others may decide not to sit beside you
When? : How often do we wash/shower/brush teeth/floss teeth/ change our clothes/socks (See worksheet 1 and 2: Personal Care Plan(2))
Who helps us?
Where? : Home, school, swimming pool, restaurant restrooms etc.
What to do? : I shower, I bath, I wash hands/nails/ I brush teeth/ hair.
How often? Should I wash, brush my teeth, have a bath, visit the dentist.
After these questions have been discussed in detail, a personal care plan is devised for each student (see worksheet 1 and 2: Personal Care Plans (2))
After the Personal Care Plans have been completed the teacher describes and demonstrates the correct procedure for washing hands, brushing teeth and caring for your hair.
The students then practice the procedures by following the teachers’ instructions and imitating the teacher as he/she demonstrates.
To reinforce the importance of taking care of your teeth, the students work in small groups to complete Worksheet 3: ‘Keeping your teeth healthy’ (3) and share their ideas with the whole class. The teacher uses this opportunity to discuss some of the benefits of regular dental check-ups e.g. fewer fillings, fewer toothache, whiter teeth, nicer smile, we look better and feel more confident.
In the small groups, the students compete in a Dental Quiz (Worksheet 4: ‘Dental health Quiz’ (4)). To reinforce the benefits of caring for your teeth, the teacher shows Power point: Smiling’(5)
At this point students are shown the Power point: ‘Personal hygiene products’ (6) to begin a discussion on products that can help us take care of ourselves. Various products are passed around the class and students are asked to identify the benefits of using such products.
In groups students are given 3 personal items; a book, clothes and a mobile phone and are asked to identify 3 reasons why it important that we take care of these items.
Clothes Books Mobile phone
Cost money to replace.
Need them for school.
Expensive to replace.
Students report their ideas back to the whole class and the teacher emphasises the importance of looking after our belongings. At this point the teacher introduces the idea of appropriate clothes for various situations. Students in small groups are asked to brainstorm ideas of appropriate clothes for school, home, and work.
School Home Work
PE. Swimming, Track suit,
Students report their ideas to the whole class.
Finally the students are asked to role play the following scenario: ‘I have been out in the garden. It rained and I am now wet and muddy. What do I do?’
(a) Walk into room with my muddy boots?
(b) Take them off and leave them outside?
(c) Do I change my clothes and shower?
The teacher recaps on all aspects of the lesson by questioning the students and asking them to demonstrate certain activities i.e. washing your hands, brushing your teeth etc.
Students are reminded to follow their Personal Care Plans and to put place them in a place they can frequently view it i.e. on their bedroom door.
Finally the teacher emphasises the importance of personal care and states some benefits of personal hygiene i.e. we feel healthy and good about ourselves, we look good, other people will enjoy being around us etc.