Appearance & Personal Hygiene - Vocational



Definition: Maintaining good health through cleanliness.

Key Terms:

  1. Cleanliness - Being clean and free of dirt and germs.
  2. Appearance - The way something or someone looks.
  3. Grooming - The things you do to make your appearance neat and clean.
  4. Acne - Infected/inflamed glands in the skin that cause pimples.
  5. Plaque - Sticky particles on your teeth that can grow bacteria.
  6. Bacteria - Tiny germ organisms that can cause sickness.
  7. Enamel - The hard coating on the outside of teeth that protect them.
  8. Cavity - A rotted part of a tooth that causes a small hole in it.
  9. Dental Floss - A soft, thin thread or string used to clean between teeth.

Discussion Points

  • You should always wash your clothing once they have been worn for the day.
  • It is important to clean your face every night to wash away dirt and oil build up. (Will help prevent acne)
  • Do not attempt to cover up body odor by using a lot of perfume or cologne.
  • It is best to brush your teeth after you eat breakfast, and before bed.
  • You should shower/bathe, use deodorant, and comb your hair every day.
  • Poor hygiene can cause short term consequences such as body odor, bad breath, greasy hair, acne. It can also cause long term problems such as health issues, and difficulty maintaining employment and relationships.
  • It is important to wash your hands several times a day to avoid transferring germs to your mouth, eyes, etc.
  • Never share personal care items such as toothbrush, hairbrush, razor, etc.

Activity 1: Why Should I?

Divide students into four groups or four pairs, depending on size of class. Each group should get one “Why Should I” activity. Group members should read and discuss each description, then find a creative way to present that information to the class. They can draw a poster, create a skit, etc.. Give students 20 minutes to complete their presentation, then take turns presenting to class.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A ( cut in pieces to separate each “Why Should I” activity)
  • poster board or construction paper
  • markers

Activity 2: Guess How Often?

Teacher will pass out a copy of Student Activity Sheet B to each student. Students will independently fill in how many times per day they think each situation should occur. Review and discuss responses/answers together as a class.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B
  • writing utensil

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Pair students and have them take turns creating a movie clip about discussing a hygiene issue they are experiencing with their doctor. The student that plays the doctor should give proper hygiene advice from what they learned, then switch. Students can also create a scenario of their own. Students should name and record their scripts using SiLAS software, and save the final movie.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student
  1. Discuss with your doctor a concern of your scalp itching all the time.
  2. Discuss with your dentist concerns of a few teeth hurting and plaque on your teeth.
  3. Discuss with your doctor a concern of having a lot of acne.
  4. Discuss with your doctor a concern of not being able to hear as well as usual.
  5. Discuss with your doctor why you keep getting colds.

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student


Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Use the links below to open the Student Activity Sheet A.

Student Activity Sheet A

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Use the links below to open the Student Activity Sheet B.

Student Activity Sheet B

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: To check your understanding of the lesson, answer the following questions.

  1. Why should you wash your face every night?
  2. Name 3 products can you buy to help you have good personal hygiene:
  3. Name two problems poor hygiene can cause:
  4. What are the best times for brushing your teeth each day?
  5. How many times should you wear your clothes without washing them?