Thursday, February 23, 2012

George Washington and Teeth...

One of my students shared a book with our class this week in honor of George Washington's birthday.  Because I love to combine curriculum....I used it to introduce our mini-unit on dental health.  :)

We had a great time discussing whether or not the information in this story was realistic.  Then, we began mapping out everything we know about taking care of our teeth. 
(George must not have known these things!)

We continued our dental discussion today with a Brainpop Jr video:

Then we included a little hands-on practice to perfect our flossing technique!

We also experimented by soaking eggs in coke for a few hours to see if the color would be affected.

The students enjoyed trying to brush the eggs clean!

It was difficult for my students to visualize that there is more to a tooth than just "the white stuff."  So, we whipped up a little art project and labeled the parts of the tooth.  
This idea came from the fabulous Amy Lemons!

Of course, we had to bring it all back around to ol' George again so we decided to write him a letter.  This helped us review our letter writing skills and my kiddos got to use a little persuasive writing to tell Washington exactly what he should have done to prevent his teeth from falling out.  (Plus, I got to use it as a formative assessment to see what everyone had learned over the last few days! Win-win!)


  1. Those look great! I love that egg experiment, too!

  2. There are some great ideas here! Definitely pinning. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  3. What a great idea to combine George Washington with the dental health unit! You have some great hands on activities! I love visiting your blog!

    Sally from ElementaryMatters

  4. Ooh! I like the blocks, play dough, and string flossing idea!


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