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Brush Up On Your Teeth
Name: Shannon Wood
School: PS 124 YUNG WING Elementary School
Address: 40 Division Street
City: NY, NY, 10002
Original Project: Brush Up On Your Teeth
Author: Louise Campbell and Olivia Crotty
URL: http://teachnet.ie/stpats2004/brushupteeth/

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: I introduced the unit with a shared reading in the form of a poem for the class to read together and start thinking about: Why do you think it is important to take care of your teeth? http://canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems38.html The Toothbrush Song (to the tune of "Row,Row, Row Your Boat") Brush, brush, brush your teeth Brush them everyday. We put toothpaste on our brush To help stop tooth decay. Floss, floss, floss your teeth. Floss them every day! Using the string to clean between Keeps the plaque away! Clean, clean, clean your teeth. Clean them every day! Your teeth will sparkle for years to come In the most beautiful way! Brush, brush, brush your teeth. Brush them every day! Happy, healthy teeth you'll have If it's done this way. I also used the books Tooth Decay and Cavities by Dr. Alvin Silverstein and Open Wide Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  • Understand the importance of dental hygiene
• Understand steps to proper dental hygiene (softly brushing teeth and tongue, flossing, rinsing)
• Understand all the parts of our mouth/teeth (molar, premolars, canines, gums, incisors, canines, root, crown, enamel, dentin, pulp, and cementum)
• Understand what tooth decay is and what it can do to your mouth
• Determine foods that can keep the mouth healthy
• Educate a family member about good dental health based on students' findings
• Go through the process of teaching someone else

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: In their reading partnerships students visited the computers labs where they collected data on how to help their teeth. The information they gathered became part of their healthy teeth poster. Healthy Teeth and Living! Directions: You will work side-by-side with your reading partner. Take notes in your own words, share information, try your best and have fun! How to start: 1. Go to the school web site at: http://ps124.org/ 2. On the left side bar click on staff 3. Scroll down to Shannon Wood and click on my name 4. Select the category Teeth Sites 5. Click on any of the following links to gather information on how to have healthy teeth or for fun facts about teeth! • http://healthyteeth.org/index.html • http://smilekids.deltadentalca.org/brushing.html • http://umanitoba.ca/outreach/wisdomtooth/ • http://adha.org/kidstuff/facts.htm While researching keep in mind the following questions: 1. What is tooth plaque? 2. What causes it? 3. How can I prevent it and not get cavities? 4. What foods can I eat to help keep my mouth healthy? 5. What will happen to my teeth and mouth if I don’t take care of them?

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: -listed the importance of maintaing healthy teeth -were eager to research -shared their data -taught others about their findings

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: This is Ms. Wood's 3rd year teaching 3rd grade at PS 124. She was also lucky enough to student teach at PS 124!

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: This unit is so crucial for all ages for it incorporates how to develop good dental health and healthy eating habits. Therefore, it could lead into lessons on maintaining a healthy life, the importance of exercising and how to improve energy levels. In addition, this unit can be adapted to lower and upper grades. The following resources were used in the students' research: Katz, Bobbi. Make Way for Tooth Decay. Scholastic, 1999. Keller, Laurie. Open Wide Tooth School Inside. Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2000. Sears, William M.D. Sears, Martha R.N. and Christie Watts Kelly, Eat Healthy, Feel Great. Little Brown Company, Boston 2002. Silverstein, Alvin MD. and Virginia Silverstein. Tooth Decay and Cavities. Grolier Publishing, 1999.

Samples of Student Projects

  Students collect data on how to help their teeth
  Students create healthy a eating poster
  Students create healthy a eating poster,Students work together
  Students share their work
  Students eat healthy foods


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