This chart would work well in a personal health class/lesson, a growth and development class/lesson, or with students needing assistance with post-secondary transition planning.
Some students simply need direct instruction in the areas of personal care and hygiene. This chart can help in that conversation.
The first page of this chart includes some personal care and hygiene tasks already listed. The rest of the pages leave this column blank.
In the column titled “How Often? How Long/Much?” students should think about how many times a day/week/month, how long they should do the hygiene/personal care task (i.e., brush teeth for two minutes).
In the third column titled “Factors Affecting Frequency,” students should record things that may cause that hygiene/personal care task to be done less or more often than typically suggested. For example, it may be appropriate for some students to shower every other day or a few times a week. However, they may need to do this every day or more than once a day if they are working at an exceptionally dirty or smelly job or doing an activity where there is excessive perspiration.
Enlarge this chart at a local printing company or through your local education agency to use as a anchor chart and whole group teaching tool.
This chart can also be enlarged via a SmartBoard, Elmo, or other projection system.
Set this chart up to be completed at a classroom center/station.
Print this chart on cardstock and cut the boxes apart on the lines. Use as a matching game. This game can be used long term if the matching cards are laminated as well.
The blank pages are for students to add or create their own personal care and hygiene tasks. Some students may have additional or fewer hygiene needs because of their particular age, physical condition, and abilities.
Also consider cultural factors when discussing hygiene and personal care with students. Hygiene and personal care is valued differently by different groups of people.
Other hygiene and personal care tasks to consider adding to the list are changing clothes, washing clothes, shaving, applying/removing makeup, waxing, getting a haircut/trim, putting on lotion, using sunscreen, using bug repellant, exercising, visiting a doctor, visiting a dentist, flossing teeth, exfoliating, changing bed sheets, taking vitamins, and taking medications/supplements.