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August 22, 2018

Celebrate Dental Health on National Tooth Fairy Day

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    There’s something very magical about the Tooth Fairy — I’d like to think she’s right up there with Santa and the Easter Bunny! Children in kindergarten are still so sweet and innocent and I love their wonderful imaginations. Sometimes I wish we could retain a little bit of that wonder as we grow up. Early childhood is a very special time of life and is one of the biggest reasons I absolutely LOVE teaching my littles!

    Books About Teeth and the Tooth Fairy

    These are just a few of my favorite books I enjoy sharing with my students on National Tooth Fairy Day or during dental health month. I’m really excited to read The Night Before the Tooth Fairy aloud. I ordered it last month from Scholastic Book Clubs (using bonus points…SCORE!) and it arrived last week — just in time! If you haven’t checked out the Night Before book series by Natasha Wing, then you better start looking now. Her books put a twist on The Night Before Christmas and celebrate holidays and milestones in kids’ lives. I just adore her work!

    Books to Read:

     

    Missing Teeth Math

    Subtraction can be a difficult concept for kindergarteners, but manipulatives make it EASY! Each student is given a set of “teeth” manipulatives (miniature marshmallows), a Missing Teeth Mat, and a Missing Teeth Recording Page. The amount of “teeth” received depends on the number sense and ability level of each child. I love that I can easily differentiate this activity by giving a specific number set of marshmallows to match each students’ point of need. Regardless of the number of teeth they are given, I assure you — they LOVE this activity! My only rule is that they do not write the same number sentence more than once.

    When the kids are done, they will have 10 different number sentences. To keep things fair in our classroom, we throw away the marshmallows we used as manipulatives (I tell them they are dirty and germ-filled), and I give each child a brand-new set of teeth to enjoy after they complete their recording pages. Click on the images below to download your own mat and recording page.

    MISSING TEETH MAT

     

    MISSING TEETH RECORDING PAGE

     

     

    Why Brushing Your Teeth Matters!

    We did a cavity experiment in our classroom this week. I love doing experiments with my kiddos, but sometimes they can be a lot of extra time and work — not this one! All you need are two apples and a knife to poke a hole in one of them. I tell the kids to pretend the apples are our teeth. We then poke a hole in the first apple, and do absolutely nothing to the second apple. I would recommend doing this experiment on a Monday and let your students make observations throughout the week. The kids can even write what they observe in their science journals. At the end of the week, gather your kids around the apples to talk about the results and draw conclusions. We talk about cavities and how a little hole in your tooth can get pretty yucky inside! I love this experiment because it really gets the kids thinking about taking care of their teeth. The kids were grossed out by what happened to the apple by the end of the week. I bet there was much improved tooth brushing at home since this doing this experiment!

     

    What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With Your Teeth?

    What could be more fun than writing about the Tooth Fairy? With the epic rate that young kids are losing their teeth, I know your students will love doing this writing activity! I always get so tickled to see what cute things these little guys write in this fun reader’s response. They are so, so creative and I love their imaginations!

    This activity makes a darling bulletin board display as well. Just couple a tooth-shaped writing paper with a simple directed drawing lesson starring the Tooth Fairy, and you will have instant cuteness to brighten up your classroom! Opinion writing, art, AND following directions all in one lesson — YES, PLEASE!

     

    Apple Smiles: A Healthy Snack

    We have snack twice a day in kindergarten. These little people get hungry and need their snack time to remain focused throughout their day. I always love when I find a healthy snack to share with my kids that ties into the theme we are studying.

    Apple smiles are so cute and easy to prepare. These smiles consist of red apple lips, marshmallow teeth, and peanut butter gums. If you have students with peanut allergies, you can substitute almond butter or even cake frosting. This yummy snack will leave your students with smiles on their faces!

    These cute toothless kindergarten smiles make me so happy! I love seeing them each and every day!

    Thanks for reading and I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and lots of smiles!

    Hugs,

    Shari

    Check out my other blog posts!

    There’s something very magical about the Tooth Fairy — I’d like to think she’s right up there with Santa and the Easter Bunny! Children in kindergarten are still so sweet and innocent and I love their wonderful imaginations. Sometimes I wish we could retain a little bit of that wonder as we grow up. Early childhood is a very special time of life and is one of the biggest reasons I absolutely LOVE teaching my littles!

    Books About Teeth and the Tooth Fairy

    These are just a few of my favorite books I enjoy sharing with my students on National Tooth Fairy Day or during dental health month. I’m really excited to read The Night Before the Tooth Fairy aloud. I ordered it last month from Scholastic Book Clubs (using bonus points…SCORE!) and it arrived last week — just in time! If you haven’t checked out the Night Before book series by Natasha Wing, then you better start looking now. Her books put a twist on The Night Before Christmas and celebrate holidays and milestones in kids’ lives. I just adore her work!

    Books to Read:

     

    Missing Teeth Math

    Subtraction can be a difficult concept for kindergarteners, but manipulatives make it EASY! Each student is given a set of “teeth” manipulatives (miniature marshmallows), a Missing Teeth Mat, and a Missing Teeth Recording Page. The amount of “teeth” received depends on the number sense and ability level of each child. I love that I can easily differentiate this activity by giving a specific number set of marshmallows to match each students’ point of need. Regardless of the number of teeth they are given, I assure you — they LOVE this activity! My only rule is that they do not write the same number sentence more than once.

    When the kids are done, they will have 10 different number sentences. To keep things fair in our classroom, we throw away the marshmallows we used as manipulatives (I tell them they are dirty and germ-filled), and I give each child a brand-new set of teeth to enjoy after they complete their recording pages. Click on the images below to download your own mat and recording page.

    MISSING TEETH MAT

     

    MISSING TEETH RECORDING PAGE

     

     

    Why Brushing Your Teeth Matters!

    We did a cavity experiment in our classroom this week. I love doing experiments with my kiddos, but sometimes they can be a lot of extra time and work — not this one! All you need are two apples and a knife to poke a hole in one of them. I tell the kids to pretend the apples are our teeth. We then poke a hole in the first apple, and do absolutely nothing to the second apple. I would recommend doing this experiment on a Monday and let your students make observations throughout the week. The kids can even write what they observe in their science journals. At the end of the week, gather your kids around the apples to talk about the results and draw conclusions. We talk about cavities and how a little hole in your tooth can get pretty yucky inside! I love this experiment because it really gets the kids thinking about taking care of their teeth. The kids were grossed out by what happened to the apple by the end of the week. I bet there was much improved tooth brushing at home since this doing this experiment!

     

    What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With Your Teeth?

    What could be more fun than writing about the Tooth Fairy? With the epic rate that young kids are losing their teeth, I know your students will love doing this writing activity! I always get so tickled to see what cute things these little guys write in this fun reader’s response. They are so, so creative and I love their imaginations!

    This activity makes a darling bulletin board display as well. Just couple a tooth-shaped writing paper with a simple directed drawing lesson starring the Tooth Fairy, and you will have instant cuteness to brighten up your classroom! Opinion writing, art, AND following directions all in one lesson — YES, PLEASE!

     

    Apple Smiles: A Healthy Snack

    We have snack twice a day in kindergarten. These little people get hungry and need their snack time to remain focused throughout their day. I always love when I find a healthy snack to share with my kids that ties into the theme we are studying.

    Apple smiles are so cute and easy to prepare. These smiles consist of red apple lips, marshmallow teeth, and peanut butter gums. If you have students with peanut allergies, you can substitute almond butter or even cake frosting. This yummy snack will leave your students with smiles on their faces!

    These cute toothless kindergarten smiles make me so happy! I love seeing them each and every day!

    Thanks for reading and I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and lots of smiles!

    Hugs,

    Shari

    Check out my other blog posts!

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