Did you know that February is Children’s Dental Health Month? Usually, February is a perfect month to celebrate dental health, but really any time of year you can work it into your lessons is great because it is always a topic of interest for children. Children lose teeth all the time. If you are like other primary teachers, you have a tooth chart to mark the big day a student loses a tooth.
Students buzz about how excited they are to get a visit from the Tooth Fairy! The lost tooth is a treasured possession of the student until they get the cash.
Dental Health and Losing a Tooth
Consider combining the two throughout the school year. Here are some great ideas for teaching about dental health:
- Read Dental Health Books
- Demonstrate how to Floss and Brush
- Discuss the Importance of Toothpaste
- Invite a Dentist to Speak to Students
- Chart Lost Teeth Monthly
- Make a Special Pouch to Carry the Tooth Home
- Teach a Poem about Dental Health
Students love to feel like they are part of a secret club, so why not create a Lost Tooth Club for students? You can track the exciting day on a tooth chart, design a special bag to hold lost teeth, give them a certificate and have them sing a song to commemorate the special occasion.
The Lost Tooth Troop
Check out this adorable and simple TOOTH POCKET the students can just place under the pillow. The parent can easily find the tooth, remove it and place the cash inside the pocket.
Laminate these monthly teeth posters to use a dry erase marker to track the month that students lose teeth. At the end of the year, you can graph the lost teeth, see which month that most students lose teeth, and figure out who has not lost any teeth for the year.
Students love interactive notebooks! Have them draw the steps to brushing teeth under the flaps or list adjectives about dental health in their book.
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