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Dental Detectives

Subject: Science & Math

Grade Level: 1

Materials: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, interactive whiteboard, projector, scanner, digital camera, printer, paper, ink jets

About: Dental Detectives will focus on the theme of dental health and hygiene. The teacher will design and implement several key activities for students. The first grade students will make tooth loss predictions, count lost teeth, and graph tooth loss. The students will observe, record, analyze, and interpret the results of student tooth loss throughout the project. Furthermore, the students will listen to dental health stories, read online stories, create spreadsheets, and play online games.

The culminating project will have the students collecting, organizing, and analyzing tooth loss data using Microsoft Excel, an Internet graphing site, and other forms of technology. The data will be shared with other classes (both in the school district and outside) via the Internet using email. Additionally, the students in the class will join an Internet project, which is located at http://barwellroades.wcpss.net/toothtally/07tooth.html

This project will be useful in a variety of ways. The teacher will introduce numerous math and science concepts into the project. Students will predict, observe, gather, record, interpret, analyze, compare, contrast, and display dental health information and data. They will use the Internet and other forms of technology to collect data locally and globally.

Dental Detectives is a replicable dental health module that will allow first grade students to observe, record, analyze and interpret the results of tooth loss using a variety of technology tools.

 Objectives
Students will identify and classify types of teeth.
Students will discuss dental health habits.
Students will add and subtract whole numbers.
Students will read bar and line graphs.
Students will use tally marks.
Students will identify the parts of a tooth.
Students will discuss dental health facts.
Students will count by fives and ones.

Websites
Create A Graph
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/
Tooth Tally 2007
http://barwellroades.wcpss.net/toothtally/07tooth.html
Dental Health Web Quest
http://manteno.k12.il.us/webquest/elementary/Science/AToothAdventure/dental%20health.htm
Visit the Dental Hygienist
http://adha.org/kidstuff/games/visit/visiting.htm
Frogwart Story
http://meddybemps.com/10.1.html

Standards
STANDARD 4.4 All students will develop an understanding of the concepts and techniques of data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics, and will use them to model situations, solve problems, and analyze and draw appropriate inferences from data.
1
Math
STANDARD 4.1 All students will develop number sense and will perform standard numerical operations and estimations on all types of numbers in a variety of ways.
1
Math
5.1 All students will develop problem-solving, decision-making and inquiry skills, reflected by formulating usable questions and hypotheses, planning experiments, conducting systematic observations, interpreting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and communicating results.
1
Science
5.5 All students will gain an understanding of the structure, characteristics, and basic needs of organisms and will investigate the diversity of life.
1
Science

Day 1: Introduction to Dental Health
Objectives
Students will identify and classify types of teeth.
Students will discuss dental health habits.
Materials
Digital camera
Printer
Paper
Scanner (if there is no digital camera) and pictures of teeth from a regular camera
Procedures
Introduce dental health theme.
Discuss basic dental health.
Read the online story "Frogwart and the Tooth Fairies", which can be located at http://meddybemps.com/10.1.html. Discuss the tooth fairy and realism versus fantasy. Ask students about their experiences with the tooth fairy.
Discuss types of teeth and how to keep these teeth clean. Talk about baby teeth and adult teeth.
Take pictures of each student's mouth. (Use digital camera or printed pictures that have been scanned)
Print pictures of mouths to post in room. (Or use the scanned photos)
Analyze printed mouths and discuss what students can do to keep their teeth healthy.
Homework
Students will ask family members about dental health strategies. They will write 3 strategies on a piece of paper.
Assessment
Students will successfully list three dental health strategies with 90% accuracy.

Day 2: Tooth Math
Objectives
Students will add and subtract whole numbers.
Students will use tally marks.
Students will use bar and line graphs.
Students will count by fives and ones.
Materials
Interactive whiteboard
Microsoft Word software
Microsoft Excel software
Procedures
Introduce lesson by reviewing adding and subtracting. Discuss bar and line graphs. Review their uses. Introduce tooth loss. Ask students how many teeth they have lost.
On the interactive whiteboard, put up the poem The Tooth Fairy Came Last Night and discuss losing teeth.
Create a tally mark chart using Microsoft Word.
Place tally marks for each tooth lost. Discuss the totals by counting by fives and ones.
Show students how to use Microsoft Excel to create a spreadsheet for graphing data. Conclude lesson by discussing the Tooth Tally Project. Show the students the project at http://barwellroades.wcpss.net/toothtally/07tooth.html
Create a graph by visiting http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/
Create bar and line graphs using the same data.
Discuss differences in graphs.
Homework
No Homework
Assessment
Teacher observation; Ongoing completion of tooth graph using the spreadsheet software

Day 3: Tooth Terms
Objectives
Students will identify the parts of a tooth.
Materials
Microsoft Word
Paper
Printer
Procedures
Make a tooth chart using Microsoft Word software with the followings teeth terms: root, nerves, pulp, enamel, dentin, crown, and cementum. Show the diagram to students on the interactive whiteboard.
Pass out a printed tooth pattern to each student. Have the students draw, color, and label each part of the tooth. Have them draw a pink gum line.
Discuss the parts of the tooth.
Complete the web quest online at http://manteno.k12.il.us/webquest/elementary/Science/AToothAdventure/dental%20health.htm
Homework
No Homework
Assessment
Students will identify and label the parts of a tooth with 90% accuracy. Students will complete online web quest.

Day 4: Visit to the Dental Hygienist
Objectives
Students will discuss dental health habits.
Materials
Projector
Procedures
Review dental health habits.
Explain that there are people who you can visit to keep your teeth clean. Ask students who these people are and where you can find them.
Visit the web site http://adha.org/kidstuff/games/visit/visiting.htm using the projector.
Discuss dentists and dental hygienists that the students have gone to in the past.
Have students suggest reasons why these people can help them.
Discuss how students can help themselves by brushing their teeth. Explain homework discussion and homework sheet.
Homework
Discuss the visit to the virtual dental hygenist with family members. Complete "Toothpaste" homework sheet (See attached document).
Assessment
Teacher Observation & completion of homework with 90% accuracy.

Day 5: Tooth Game
Objectives
Students will discuss dental health facts.
Materials
Interactive whiteboard
Projector
Procedures
Discuss tooth facts. Review dental health facts that have been discussed in previous lessons.
Visit http://colgate.com/app/Kids-World/US/Game_Guesswhat.vsp
Play game with students using interactive whiteboard.
Conclude by discussing dental health facts.
Homework
Write and illustrate 3 facts about dental health. Use complete sentences.
Assessment
Students will write three facts about dental health with 100% accuracy.

Nicole Luongo

n_luongo@yahoo.com

Lincoln School
37 Keller Avenue
Rockaway, New Jersey 07866

Dr. Nicole Luongo is a first grade teacher in Rockaway, New Jersey. She has also taught second, fourth, and gifted and talented classes. Dr. Luongo received a B.S in elementary education from Bucknell University in 1995, and an M.A. in education from Seton Hall University in 1997. Instructional technology is a passion of hers, and she prides herself on the infusion of technology into most educational endeavors. Just recently, she received an Ed. D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.


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