There’s been a lot to do about teeth in our home. Four teeth pulled, impressions of teeth taken, a new retainer, a broken and fixed retainer, three visits to the dentist for regular cleanings, and one missed visit from the tooth fairy (oops!) All this happened within one month’s time!
So when Sarah at Love at Home gave us the opportunity to use her mini unit on teeth, I jumped at the chance to add some more education to our recent real-life experiences.
Sarah offers secular and faith curriculum on a number of topics. Her unit studies include multi-level activities that are easily adaptable for various grade levels. I really appreciate resources that all my children can use and benefit from in one lesson. I also appreciate the value for the cost. Sarah’s resources are reasonably priced and completely ready to use.
We started our teeth mini-unit by reviewing several key teeth vocabulary words. I like Sarah’s printables because they are clear to read, easy to understand, and the pages are not filled with “clutter.” (“Clutter” is too much of anything not needed for the lesson. i.e. cartoon, doodles, fillers)
After discussing dental vocabulary, we discussed the differences between milk and permanent teeth, the different types of permanent teeth, and the importance of taking care of them. The teeth unit includes interesting information and also suggestions for several integrated subject activities, like a polling and recording activity that involves interviewing.
To go along with this unit, I made a “mouth” sensory box with black beans and tooth shaped alphabet cards. My Kindergartner pulled the teeth with tweezers (great fine motor activity) and put the teeth in alphabetical order. Afterwards, we flossed and brushed the teeth.
Learning about the different types of teeth reminded us of our visit to the Montshire Museum. We had attended a pop-up learning experience about animal teeth and their function. I love learning networking like this, when my children make connections to information they’ve already been introduced to or know something about.
Next, we talked about the parts of a tooth. We drew and labeled a tooth picture using the unit’s diagram. We added red embroidery floss to represent the blood vessel.
Finally, we wrapped up the lesson with a few great books, including one of my childhood favorite’s Doctor De Soto.
A Few Favorite Teeth Books:
The amount of information and the type of activities is just right for a mini-unit. It is a very nice complete unit that could be used alone, or as a jumping- off point to more in depth research.
Thank you Sarah for letting us try your Teeth Unit Study! Click the link to get your Teeth Unit Study– Teeth Unit Study for K-12
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