Nurses and doctors

Nurses and doctors

I can explain the importance of nurses and doctors.

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Nurses and doctors

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It’s important for students to understand and appreciate the people who work tirelessly to keep them safe and healthy! This lesson will teach students about the roles of both nurses and doctors. They learn about the tools these health care workers need to do their jobs and why they are important in the community.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to explain the roles and understand the importance of health care workers like doctors and nurses.


Begin by asking students what they know about doctors and nurses. Ask what they do and why they think doctors and nurses are important. Have them share a story about a time they needed a nurse or doctor.


Students learn about the roles of doctors and nurses and how they work non-stop to care for others. Have students drag the correct phrase to complete the three statements about doctors. Next, read the poem and write the letter “D” for “doctor” on the lines. After this, describe nurses’ jobs and where they work. Explain that nurses work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and even in schools. Read the poem about nurses and have students write the letter “N” for “nurse” on the lines. Then, tell students about National Nurses Week and have them complete the word search. Following this, students learn what an x-ray is and rearrange the pictures from the x-ray. Ask students why they think a doctor would need to use an x-ray. Introduce other items that doctors and nurses use like stethoscopes, thermometers, and needles. Finally, think of 6 words that come to mind and fill in the bubble map for doctors and nurses!


Check student understanding with ten multiple-choice and true/false questions.


Students reflect on a time when a doctor or nurse helped them. They will draw a picture of this moment and share it with the class. There is also a printable worksheet available for this activity!

Instruction materials

The lesson includes a printable worksheet for the closing activity.

Teaching tips

Take a moment to acknowledge and show appreciation to the school nurse!

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