Lesson Plan: Tooth Titans in Training G PreK - K

Written By: Alyssa Enger
Grade Level: Pre-Kindergarten — Kindergarten

Time Allotment

4 days

  • 30-45 minutes for day 1 and 2
  • Time to make posters on day 3 and time to share with another class on day 4
  • Overview

    After completing this series of lessons, students will be able to identify the different types of teeth in the human mouth and identify their purposes. They will also be able to demonstrate, explain, and promote good oral hygiene.

    Lesson Plan - Tooth_Titans_in_Training.doc

    Subject Matter

    Health, Language Arts, Science, Art,

    Learning Objectives

    Students will:
  • Observe the different kinds of teeth in the human mouth.
  • Examine how the shape of each type of tooth allows it to perform a different function.
  • Understand the importance of taking care of their teeth.
  • Learn and demonstrate proper tooth brushing techniques to help reduce health risks.
  • Be able to share their knowledge of good oral hygiene.
  • Learn new words and expand vocabulary.
  • Use oral language to describe objects and experiences.
  • Media Components - Video/Web

  • Teeth Time
    http://prairiepublic.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/55cde83e-0453-4d62-9c1f-8a846a661f02/55cde83e-0453-4d62-9c1f-8a846a661f02/
    Source: Sid the Science Kid from the episode “A Brush with Teeth” You can either stream this video or download it for later use.
    In this one minute and thirty-two second video the children get to explore the different types of teeth in their mouth and how different types of teeth help them eat different types of food.
  • Dentist http://prairiepublic.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/96a64918-6c3e-49b6-a19e-d95330f46b5c/96a64918-6c3e-49b6-a19e-d95330f46b5c/
    Source: KidVision VPK
    http://kidvisionvpk.org/home.cfm
    You can either stream this video or download it for later use.
    In this eight minute and thirteen second video the children will get a tour of a dentist office and watch two girls get a check-up. They also learn valuable vocabulary and get a feel for a real dentist check-up. This video can be broken up into as many segments as you wish.
  • Healthy Teeth, Healthy You
    http://www.ket.org/education/video/kyhea/kyhea_000002.htm
    Source: Kentucky Educational Television website.
    This video is only available for live stream.
    In this one minute and ten second video children are shown proper tooth brushing techniques and learn the importance of brushing your teeth long enough.
  • Materials

  • Digital camera
  • Smart board
  • Computer
  • Mirrors ( 1 per student)
  • Food with various textures
  • Plates
  • Writing utensils
  • Science journals ( 1 per student)
  • Dramatic play center objects
  • Toothbrushes ( 2 per student)
  • Toothpaste
  • Model of mouth
  • Music
  • Poster board
  • Various art materials
  • Teacher Preparation

    1. Find another teacher in your building or district that would be willing to let your students present and share the information they will be learning with their class.
    2. Make science journals for each of your students for them to draw their observations in from day one.
    3. Collect the materials.
    4. Put together your dramatic play center that will resemble a dentist office.
    5. Buy food with various textures for day 2.
    6. Secure or order a model of the human mouth. One can be ordered at
      http://www.amazon.com/Anatomical-Chart-Company-TH01-Toothbrush/dp/B0009VLV4Y/ref=pd_sim_sbs_indust_3
    7. Download or bookmark all digital media

    Introductory Activities

    Materials:
  • Mirrors for students
  • Computer
  • Video


    1. To get students thinking about their teeth provide mirrors for the students to observe their teeth. Encourage them to look at the front and back teeth. Do they notice any similarities or differences?
    2. Tell the students that today you have a video about teeth and how they are different. Have them listen for one tooth name (canine, incisors, molars) and identify its “job”.
    3. Show the video called “Teeth Time”.

    Learning Activities

    Day 1

    Materials:
  • Various types of food with different textures
  • Plates
  • Journals
  • Writing utensils
  • Mirrors

    1. After watching the “Teeth Time” video ask students what they noticed about the different kinds of teeth. Ask them to identify one type of tooth and its job.
    2. Provide multiple types of foods with different textures for the students to try eating. As they try each one discuss which teeth they are using and if it is easy or hard to chew that type of food with those teeth. Ask where do you bite this particular food? What teeth are you using? Children may use their mirrors to “watch” as they eat if they so choose.
    3. Provide pre-made “journals” for students to draw their observations from the experiment. Encourage them to draw each of the food they tried and what teeth they used just like Sid did. Talk about how all the foods with the same textures can be sorted together and how they all use the same type of teeth.
    Day 2

    Materials:
  • Video
  • Various objects to create a dentist office

    1. Ask students if they have ever been to a dentist before. Ask questions like — What did you do there? Who did you meet? What kinds of instruments did the dentist use?
    2. Tell the students that you are going to show them a video about some children who go on a field trip to a dentist office.
    3. Show the video called “Dentist”.
    4. Stop the video at the 46 second marker and ask someone to share the three reasons we need teeth.
    5. Stop the video at the 4 minute marker to ask the students to help you name some of the instruments the dentist used.
    6. Stop the video at the 5 minute marker to ask how many baby teeth we have.
    7. Stop the video at the 5 minute and 50 second marker to ask what pictures of your teeth are called.
    8. Once the video is over generate discussion about the visit to the dentist the children just saw. What are some things that were new to them? What was the most amazing thing they saw?
    9. Dramatic Play:
      Set up your dramatic play center as a dentist office and allow the children to act out the various jobs within a dentist office and some of the things they saw during the video earlier in the day. Encourage them to talk about healthy habits and use vocabulary such as: receptionist, dentist, dental assistant, instruments, tooth brush, dental mirror, check-up, molar, incisor, canine, x-rays, and exam.
    Day 3 & 4

    Materials:
  • Video
  • New toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Model of mouth
  • Music to play

    1. Ask the students how many of them brush their teeth every day. Ask them to tell you the steps they use to brush their teeth.
    2. Write down the steps as they share them. Be sure to stop them and help them tell the steps in a sequential manner.
    3. Tell them that you have a short video to show them about how to brush their teeth. Show the video called “Healthy Teeth, Healthy You”.
    4. Once the video is over, pass out a new toothbrush to each child and tell them that they are going to practice brushing their teeth in the correct way. Tell them that you are going to set a timer for the correct amount of time. You can play music in the background so this time doesn’t seem quite so long to these little ones! ☺
    5. Observe students as they brush and model correct brushing for them using a model of a mouth and toothbrush. These can be purchased at many places. Here is a link to one that can be purchased through
      Amazon.com
      http://www.amazon.com/Anatomical-Chart-Company-TH01-Toothbrush/dp/B0009VLV4Y/ref=pd_sim_sbs_indust_3

    Culminating Activity

    Materials:
  • Poster board
  • Various art materials
  • Writing utensils
  • Toothbrushes
  • Participation from another class
  • Digital camera


    1. Have students draw a poster that shows their understanding of all the things that have been taught about teeth and their proper care. This poster can include how their teeth work (which teeth do what function as they eat) and/or how they can properly care for their teeth.
    2. Set up a time for the students to share these posters with another class in your school.
    3. Give each student an extra toothbrush to give away to someone in the other class that they shared their poster with.
    4. Take pictures of each of your students with their “partners” from the other class.

    Cross-Curricular Activity

    Reading

    Books that pertain to this lesson:
    1. My Dentist, My Friend by P.K. Hallinan
    2. Arthur’s Tooth by Marc Brown
    3. Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer


    Writing

    Materials:
  • Paper
  • Writing utensils

  • Students can either write about or dictate the proper steps to brushing their teeth. They can also draw picture to help others understand how to properly take care of their teeth.

    Math:

    Materials:
  • Tally sheet for families
  • Letter for parents explaining the project
  • Graph paper
  • Writing utensils

  • Have students and parents tally how many times the students brush their teeth at home in one week. Use this data to make a graph showing how many times students brushed their teeth at various times of the day.

    Science:

    Materials:
  • 3 cups
  • Cola
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • Magnifying glasses

  • Place a hard-boiled egg in a cup of cola. Set another hard-boiled egg in a cup of vinegar, and a third hard-boiled egg in water. Let the eggs soak for one week and then examine the shells. Show children how the cola has stained the shell and how the vinegar has dissolved the calcium. Point out that teeth are like the eggshells. Discuss how this shows the importance of brushing their teeth.

    Music:

    Draw a large picture of a mouth with teeth and all children to take turns coloring in the teeth to show how teeth get dirty when we eat. Finally, use an eraser to clean away the food as you sing:
    “This is the way we clean our teeth, clean our teeth, clean our teeth.
    This is the way we clean our teeth with our toothbrush every day!”

    Community Connections

    Have a local dentist or dental assistant come visit your classroom and talk about their job and the importance of dental health

    Take your own field trip to a dentist office.

    STUDENT MATERIALS:
  • Writing materials
  • A smile to show off those pearly whites of course!