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Main Core Tie

Health Education - 3rd Grade
Strand 6: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (HD) Standard 3.HD.1:

Time Frame

1 class periods of 15 minutes each

Group Size

Large Groups

Life Skills

  • Character
  • Social & Civic Responsibility


Nathan Knight


Students will be able to explain good hygiene and provide examples. The lesson will explore disease prevention, treating colds and flu's, and negative effects of poor hygiene habits.


  • "The Velveteen Rabbit" By Margery Williams.
  • Soap (bar/liquid)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Other hygienic products
  • Access to sink for handwashing

Background for Teachers

How to prevent colds and the flu. Be ready to explain why we wash our hands after going to the bathroom/preparing food/sneeze and cough/ and other hygiene practices.

Student Prior Knowledge

Students should read "The Velveteen Rabbit" beforehand

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate proper hand washing, hand sanitizer application, and blowing their nose. Students will understand the importance of proper hygiene and give examples of staying clean. Students will provide methods to treating colds and flu.

Instructional Procedures

  1. Review "The Velveteen Rabbit"
  2. Talk about benefits of preventing the sickness
  3. Talk about how to prevent sickness
  4. Talk about when to wash hands and why
  5. Talk about how to use a tissue properly
  6. Talk about treatment of colds and flu
  7. Have students demonstrate hand washing or hand sanitizer application

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Gifted students can be challenged further by reviewing medicine. What kinds of medicine should be taken for a cold, what will that medicine do? You should stress the importance of their parents/guardians approving before they take anything. Students may want to share their experiences of being sick, invite them to share and ask about what they did to minimize the duration of the illness and the severity of their symptoms.

Assessment Plan

Students will be asked to list three ways to stay healthy. They will also list three ways to treat a cold.


Created: 09/11/2013
Updated: 01/17/2020