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Examine the importance of good dental hygiene. The cross-curricular activities below follow educational standards, and are sure to keep your students engaged. Detailed lesson plans make implementation a snap. Become a member to get started today!

Elementary School: Grades K-3

Decay? No Way! eLearning Kit©

The Old West is the setting for this kit that contains 12 activities designed to teach students in grades K-3 about the importance of dental hygiene. Your guide for this adventure is Sheriff Tuff Tooth, the local sheriff. His job is to wipe out the "Sugar Gang." Students can saddle up and ride along to learn all about proper dental health habits.

This is an independent student activity testing their knowledge regarding the teeth, how they work, and how we can protect them. Students will maneuver through the Tooth and Gum Café and answer multiple-choice questions. Individuals will be able to proceed at their own pace and answers will be anonymous.

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Individual

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. Complete the Pretest.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

In this paper-based activity, students will be introduced to the jobs of their teeth and will label the parts of a tooth. Using what they have learned, the students will assemble their own tooth out of tooth puzzle pieces.

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Individual

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. State the three jobs of the teeth.
2. Locate the crown, neck, root, dentin, pulp and enamel of the tooth.
3. Explain the importance of keeping teeth healthy.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

Ever want to see inside of your mouth? Ever wonder why your teeth are different shapes and sizes? In this activity, students will construct a model of the mouth to learn about the different types of teeth and the jobs they have in our mouth. So, get your mouth ready for this exciting tooth lab!

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Small groups

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. State three reasons why teeth are important.
2. Identify the two sets of teeth.
3. Identify the differences between primary and permanent teeth.
4. Tell why it is important to take care of teeth.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

This is a large group activity allowing the students to observe the differences in the shapes and jobs of the teeth in their mouths, as well as the difference between the top set of teeth and the bottom set of teeth. Students will create a mold of their mouths using Styrofoam, and then use these molds to observe and note the differences.

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. State three reasons why the teeth are important.
2. Identify the differences between the primary and permanent teeth.
3. Describe the job of each type of tooth.
4. Tell why it is so important to take care of permanent teeth.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

Decay? Cavities? No Way! In this activity, students will be introduced to the Sugar Gang who is attempting to cause cavities down at the DK Corral. And it is the students’ job to stop them! Using their trusty toothbrush cursors, the students must whack the Sugar Gang when they appear in order to keep the teeth clean.

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Individual

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. Explain how cavities form.
2. Explain what plaque is and how it forms.
3. Explain the importance of brushing and flossing teeth every day.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

This instructor-led lesson focuses on what causes cavities and how to avoid them. The lesson will cover such things as brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist and choosing healthy snacks. Students will be led through a number of activities and pictures to illustrate the importance of keeping the teeth healthy to avoid cavities. After the students have completed these activities, there will be an arcade game for them to play where they can squirt fluoride toothpaste at different foods traveling across the screen.

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Individual

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. Identify ways they can take care of teeth.
2. Explain the need to see the dentist regularly.
3. Discuss the importance of fluoride, calcium and vitamin C.
4. Identify sugary, sticky foods to avoid.
5. Identify cleansing foods.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

We should cherish our teeth because we only get two sets of teeth in our lifetime. Brushing regularly, food choices and other factors all determine the health of our teeth. This is an independent student activity focusing on exploring the Colgate Kids World website to learn more about dental health.

Delivery Method:
Individual
Pairs

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. Tell why it is so important to take care of teeth.
2. Identify appropriate times to brush teeth.
3. Identify sugary, sticky foods to avoid.
4. Identify cleansing foods.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

Nobody enjoys a cavity and we try to prevent them. In this “Hangman” style game, the students must guess the word before the Tooth Gremlin can create a cavity on the statue of Angus McTooth. If they fail to choose a correct letter 12 times, they will have a cavity! But if they can identify the word before then, Colonel Clean em’ Up will come to the rescue and clean the tooth. Once the students have identified the word, the instructor can choose to go onto a different word or quit the game.

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Small group
Individual

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. Identify the two sets of teeth.
2. Identify the differences between primary and permanent teeth.
3. Tell why it is so important to take care of teeth.
4. Locate the crown, neck, root, dentin, pulp and enamel of the tooth.
5. Explain what plaque is.
6. Explain how cavities form.
7. Discuss the importance of fluoride.
8. Explain the need to see the dentist regularly.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

This is an independent student activity allowing the students to display what they have learned throughout the unit. Students will create a collage showing examples of how to keep the teeth healthy, as well as why it is important to do so.

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Individual

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. Create a collage showing how to keep the teeth healthy.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

Get ready to put your dental health knowledge to the test!  In this activity, Sheriff Tex Tooth, his horse Paste, and the Sugar Gang will be reviewing the concepts that have been covered in the Decay? No Way! eLearning Kit©.  After an explanation of how the game is played, Sheriff will introduce the players who will be participating.  Let the games begin!

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Pairs

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. Recall information related to dental health, including why teeth are important, the names of the teeth, differences between primary and permanent teeth, how cavities form, the importance of brushing teeth, and the importance of fluoride by playing Tic Tac Teeth.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

Sheriff Tex Tooth from LearntobeHealthy.org and our health educator Suzanne will guide viewers as they learn about keeping teeth healthy at the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center. Using engaging activities and critical-thinking questions, this video along with the accompanying lesson plan will encourage Kindergarten through 3rd graders to make healthy choices. To learn more about dental health, try our other activities in the Decay? No Way! eLearning Kit© on LearntobeHealthy.org. (Video running time 17:45)

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Small groups

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. State three reasons why teeth are important.
2. State the parts of a tooth and their uses.
3. Tell why it is important to take care of teeth.
4. Explain ways to prevent cavities from forming.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

This is an independent student activity testing their knowledge regarding the teeth, how they work, and how we can protect them. Students will maneuver through the Tooth and Gum Café and answer multiple-choice questions. Individuals will be able to proceed at their own pace and answers will be anonymous.

Delivery Method:
Instructor-led
Individual

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. Complete the Posttest.

Educational Standards:
Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state’s standards:
www.learntobehealthy.org/parents-teachers/educational-materials/state-standards/

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