Objectives 
Identify the three basic kinds of teeth and tell about their shapes
 Demonstrate the correct way to brush and floss teeth
Create a graph to keep track of lost teeth
Make a classroom book so that other children will know all about their teeth


My front teeth are for biting.
My bottom teeth are for munching.
My pointed teeth are for tearing.
My back teeth are for crunching!

My incisors are for biting.
My bottom teeth are for munching.
My canines are for tearing.
My molars are for crunching!


Books We'll Be Reading
All about Your Skin, Hair, and Teeth by Donna Baile
Andrew's Loose Tooth by Robert N. Munsch
Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Marc Brown
Arthur's Loose Tooth by Lillian Hoban
Arthur's Tooth by Marc Brown
The Bear's Toothache by David M. McPhail
Dear Tooth Fairy : The True Story of How the Tooth Fairy 
Came to Be by Kathy Mellentin
Franklin and the Tooth Fairy by Paulette Bourgeois
Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth by Lucy Bat
Doctor De Soto by William Steig
The Tooth Fairy by Sharon Peters



~What does the tooth fairy do with all those teeth? 
Have children write or draw the answer on tooth shaped paper.
~On a small tooth shape papers have each child write some things they can do to keep 
their teeth healthy. Punch a hole in the teeth and make a healthy teeth necklace.
~Keep a week long journal of how many times you brush your teeth.
~Tooth Decay Materials: eggshell, Sprite (or another clear soda), clear cup
Drop the eggshell into the soda. Make a chart of predictions of what will happen to the egg. 
The next day take the eggshell out and ask the students why they think it is so soft.
~Make a graph of your classes favorite tooth paste
 ~Make a class chart of teeth healthy and unhealthy treats


Make a large set of teeth out of large marshmallows as a class project. 
Assign some students to flatten marshmallows for incisors, flatten and clip corners of
 the marshmallows for the canines and indent the molars by pressing a paper wad in the middle. Attach them in the correct order; three molars on the side on the ends, one canine on each side and four incisors across the front. Let dry and use the model to point out how food can get 
stuck in ridges and spaces. Practice flossing with some yarn.


The Tooth Fairy Came Last Night

Yesterday I lost a tooth
When I ate a lime.
The tooth fairy came last night
And she left me a _______________.

Yesterday I lost a tooth
When I ate a pickle.
The tooth fairy came last night
And she left me a _______________.

Yesterday I lost a tooth
Just like cousin Jenny.
The tooth fairy came last night
And she left me a _______________.

Yesterday I lost a tooth
It fell on the fence.
The tooth fairy came last night
And she left me a _______________.

Yesterday I lost a tooth
It fell on my collar.
The tooth fairy came last night
And she left me a _______________.



Vocabulary Words
Canine: a tooth used with the incisor to bite into food; also called an eyetooth.

Cementum: lies over the dentin in a tooth's root.
Crown: the part of a tooth which is exposed.
Deciduous: another name for baby teeth.
Dentin: a yellow substance that surrounds the pulp and is harder than bone.
Enamel: a very hard covering on a tooth; it lies over the dentin.
Incisor: a sharp-edged cutting tooth.
Molar: a tooth used to crush food; it develops as the jaw grows bigger.
Permanent: final set of adult teeth that replace baby teeth.
Premolar: a tooth used to crush and grind food; it has a flat surface.
Pulp: the innermost layer of a tooth.
Root: the part of a tooth that extends into the bone and is not exposed.



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