Dental Health Activities and Printables

Dental health is important all year around, but February is Dental health month. It’s a great time to focus on learning about teeth, dental hygiene, and how to use a toothbrush and floss. Most importantly, why we do all of these things.

I can’t be the only mom who deals with kids who feel like “ehh my teeth look  ok. WHY do I need to brush them?”  Sometimes coming from the teacher in a school environment just reiterates what  families and dentists have been telling students for a long time.

Dental health is one of the themes I covered in my classroom in February. I also covered many other themes depending on the year. I have a whole list of my favorite February themes here!

If you want to teach your students in a fun way about dental health, you can also incorporate many different early learning skills along the way such as :

*Reading Comprehension

*Procedural Writing

*Determining the meaning of content specific vocabulary

*Fine motor skills

*Reading Informational Text

*Informational Writing

*Science and Observations

*Labeling

*Narrative Writing

Here are some of my favorite dental health themed printables and activities for February:

All About Dentist Research and Writing

This is a great topic for dental health week as well as community helper units. I have ordered a few sets of books in the past about community helpers and health through scholastic that had some great resources for learning about dentists.
You could also have a dentist or hygienist come to visit your class and students could use that information as a resource for writing.

To grab the printable graphic organizers and writing pages you can find them here! (and on tpt here)

 

 

Content Specific Vocabulary Exploration:

Using vocabulary word cards with dental health pictures on them can help you to illustrate and introduce vocabulary. Cards like these can also help students to identify the meaning of words in the text that they hear read to them or read themselves. With access to content vocabulary students can also be empowered to use these words in their own writing.

 

One other thing you can do with the vocabulary cards is to either create your own words/ definitions for books that you’re reading, or even using the cards that I have created, you can cut the picture away from the word and have students think about what they think the words mean prior to writing. This would sort of be like a sort. Then as they read or listen , they can adjust to correct the words and the pictures that go along with them. This is a great way to have students actively make meaning during vocabulary activities.

The vocabulary cards are also very useful as visual supports for labeling activities like this one!

 

Tooth Fairy Tips:

This is a fun way for students to write to tell the dental health tips they have learned in somewhat of a craftivity format.Doing the cutting and folding and coloring are all great fine motor tie ins for this sort of literacy activity. It’s definitely a student favor!

While you’re at it, you could also include a narrative prompt like this one! Kids love to use their imaginations and there are a number of stories that can help get their brains thinking!

 

Science and Observations:

This is one of my favorite activities! It’s the good old hard boiled egg in cola experiment where students can see what the cola does to the shell of the egg.  You can also demonstrate brushing the egg and using different liquids for different eggs.

I have included all of the science journal pages in this printable.

If you don’t want to actually get the egg out, you could do the next activity instead (or in addition to!)

 

Toothbrush painting:

Firstly let me say… I know painting can be messy. But I really think it’s so good for kids! I like to print a tooth template (included here) on brown paper and then have students use white paint to paint the tooth with paintbrushes. Even if you just have an art station they could even just create whatever painting they’d like exploring the sensory and motor involvement of painting with toothbrushes. How is it the same and different from using typical toothbrushes.

Early Reading- Printable Emergent Reader

This taking care of teeth reader is great because it is accessible to young readers and includes resources for vocabulary as well as follow up comprehension. I also love that printable emergent readers can be distributed to all students (no need to share). They can be colored by students, and they can also be taken home or added to student book boxes to be used again and again!

 

I also love that these types of resources can be created (like this one was) with differentiated versions of the same text to meet the needs of your students. Get the emergent reader here! (or on tpt here)

 

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