Let's Learn About Teeth!
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
- Unit Plan:
- Count their teeth.
- Graph how many teeth they have lost.
- Write about losing their teeth.
- Recognize different parts of a tooth.
- Large paper tooth for brainstorming words
- Small tooth-shaped paper (1/4th of 8-1/2 X 11 sheet) for writing
- The Graph Club™ software
- Large screen TV or projector
- Model of Teeth
- The Real Tooth Fairy by Marilyn Kaye, illustrated by Helen Cogancherry
- A Look at Teeth by Allan Fowler
Set Up and Prepare
- Cut out a large paper tooth.
- Run copies of small blank tooth-shaped paper for writing.
- Have The Graph Club™ software ready to use on the computer.
Step 1: Read The Real Tooth Fairy.
Step 2: Brainstorm words students may want to use when writing about losing teeth.
These could be written on a large paper tooth.
Step 3: Students write about their experiences with losing teeth on tooth-shaped paper. If some students have not lost a tooth yet, they could write about what they think it will be like when they loose their first tooth.
Step 1: Read A Look at Teeth by Allan Fowler.
Step 2: Discuss the types of teeth and parts of a tooth.
Step 3: Demonstrate with the Model of Teeth how to count the teeth in your mouth.
Step 4: Demonstrate how to use The Graph Club™ software.
Step 5: Either in a lab setting or on a classroom computer in a center setting, individuals or teams of students create a graph about how many teeth they have and how many they have lost.
Step 6: Print the graphs created. Bind these to create a book. Students enjoy viewing these graphs throughout the year as the number of teeth they have change.
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- Tell three facts about teeth.
- Make a graph showing how many teeth have been lost.
- Was there enough time?
- Were the students successful or frustrated creating a graph?
- Could the students tell me about teeth?
- Teacher Observation :
- Were students able to make a graph using The Graph Club software?
- Were they able to count how many teeth they had?
- How many students were also able to identify the parts of a tooth?
- Copies of student writing about tooth loss will be saved for their assessment portfolios.