February is Dental Health Month and we always celebrate our teeth! We learn about teeth, we learn to brush our teeth and we even use a toothbrush to paint! Also, it’s my least favorite thing to teach because wiggly teeth gross me out. I can handle anything and everything EXCEPT teeth! LOL
Teeth Research Project
To learn about our teeth, we use our Teeth Research Project!
We always start our research projects with a schema map. The students share their schema about teeth. As we progress through our learning, we add new learning. And finally, at the end of our research project, we address our misconceptions.
We use read alouds and videos to research about teeth. As we learn, we add our learning to graphic organizers.
The students use graphic organizers to do their writing, graphing, sorting, and labeling. The graphic organizers provide support and scaffolding as needed! The students do their work in their research journals!
Tooth Brushing Science Lesson
For our Mad Science Friday lesson, we learn about brushing our teeth! And we practice brushing teeth….and by teeth….we mean eggs!
We boil the eggs and soak them in soda or coffee overnight. The students first brush with water and no toothpaste. Nothing much happens. So we discuss what this would do for our teeth. Then we add toothpaste and we are able to brush the stains off!
Teeth Art Projects
I give the students an outline of a tooth and they use a toothbrush to paint the tooth! You can get toothbrushes at the Dollar Tree for 5 for $1.
We even use a battery operated toothbrush for fun!
Our Teeth centers are available in our Show Me Your Teeth center creation!
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