Last Minute Lesson Plans for Teachers
- All teachers can agree: After a glorious 2-week break sans students, the sweet sounds of caroling crashing down to a chaotic classroom. Suddenly January isn’t feeling as jolly.
Fortunately, February is Children’s Dental Health Month and we have you covered. Try these lesson plans to get you back in your usual school spirit:
Happy Tooth/Sad Tooth
Grade Level: K-1 National Health Education Standards: 1, 7
Materials: Happy/Sad Tooth Template, magazines, scissors, glue
Students will identify nutritious foods and drinks that can keep our teeth healthy, and foods and drinks that can hurt our teeth.
1. Lead the class in reviewing the importance of teeth and explain that teeth help us chew healthy food, which keeps our bodies healthy, and helps us to learn. The choices we make in our foods and drinks can help or hurt our teeth.
2. Help students brainstorm a list of foods and drinks that they think would be healthy for our teeth and why.
3. Repeat with a list of foods and drinks that would be bad for our teeth and why.
4. Give each student a Happy Tooth sheet and a Sad Tooth sheet.
5. Instruct students to cut out healthy foods and drinks from magazines and glue them to the Happy Tooth.
6. Instruct students to cut out unhealthy foods and drinks from magazines and glue them to the Sad Tooth.
Marshmallow Teeth Model
Grade Level: K-2
Materials: Teeth outline pattern, 2 large bags of jumbo marshmallows, scissors, glue, construction paper, yarn
Make a set of teeth out of large marshmallows as a class project. Use a magic marker to draw teeth outlines on construction paper. Break students into three groups: one group will flatten marshmallows for incisors, another will flatten and clip corners of marshmallows for canines and the third group will press in the middle of marshmallows to make molars. Next, have each group glue marshmallows to the paper in the correct order: three molars on the side each end, 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.
Grade Level: K-4
Materials: 2 hard-boiled eggs, Fluoride gel 4 oz. to 6 oz. (available from your dentist, and some pharmacies), 2 clean plastic containers, several cans of dark soda
1. Place a hard-boiled egg in one of the plastic containers and cover it with the fluoride gel or solution. Let it soak for 24 hours.
2. Place the “treated” egg in one of the clean containers and the “untreated” egg in the other.
3. Cover both eggs with soda pop and let soak. Change the soda pop every twelve hours for two days
Hang in there, teachers! Summer break will come sooner than you think. Check out even more dental heath resources for the classroom.