Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Having fun with Dental Health and April Calendar Numbers Giveaway!

It's been way too long since my last post!  I wanted to catch you up on my dental health activities.  I know that it's a bit late, but I hope you can find a few ideas for next school year.

These are some of the books I read to the kids.  The book Why do I brush my teeth? Has many great activities that you can do with your students.  The book I Know Why I Brush My Teeth is about a boy who talks to his mother about dental health.  

We did an "egg"spiriment together.  I told the kids that the enamel on our teeth is similar to the shell on an egg.  They both help to protect what's beneath.  We put a boiled egg in a container with water and another egg in a container of cola.  The students kept an eye on the eggs for about a week to see if any changes occurred.  We discovered that the egg in the water did not change.  However, we did find some changes to the egg in the soda.  The shell turned brown and its shell became weaker.  You could rub off some of the egg shell.  This experiment really solidified the kids knowldege of how sugary drinks and food can break down the enamel on their teeth and lead to cavities and toothaches.

My students also learned about healthy and unhealthy foods for their teeth.  They worked in pairs to create a collage of food that were healthy (happy face) and unhealthy (sad face).  We glued the pictures onto a tooth shaped piece of paper.  

We graphed how many teeth each student lost.  I gave each of them a print out of a mouth.  They colored a tooth for each tooth they've lost so far.  

I bought vampire teeth in the month of October and saved it for dental health month.  I tried finding white teeth, but I had no luck.  We used cotton swabs as toothbrushes.  Each student had to demonstrate how to correctly brush their their teeth.  The students had so much fun practicing on these, especially because it was 3 dimensional.  The best part was that they got to keep their vampire teeth.  

Lastly, we worked on our dental health book.  If you would like a copy click HERE.  
It includes 5 Pages:
Front Cover

Egg Experiment
Healthy Foods For Your Teeth
Tools For Brushing
Healthy Smile

Click HERE to get these super cute April Calendar Numbers.  The first 5 people to leave a comment and follow my blog can get these for free.  All you have to do is leave me your email address in your comment and share how you are following me (Blog, TPT Store, Teachers Notebook)!

It Includes:
36 Number Cards with ABBC Pattern 
(Bunny, Rain Cloud, Rain Cloud, Umbrella)
Size of Cards: 2.5 X 2.5 inches
Print on White Cardstock and Laminate
Also includes cards for major April holidays and birthdays. 

Other Ideas for Calendar Cards:
*Use as number cards
*Use as patterning cards
*Use at math centers
*Use for flash cards, games, etc. 


  1. Really great ideas! Thank you! I follow your blog and your TPT. Your ideas have really helped my first year of teaching kinder!

  2. Excellent job. Making dental care fun is the best way to get kids on a lifetime path for good overall and dental health.

  3. I would love these they look great!