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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chew It Up!

Tomorrow is health class, and we are studying teeth. The cute cat video below is for younger learners learning to brush properly. The other two are for older learners that need to learn more info about teeth. I thought this simple experiment, which I will share with you, makes a good point to kids about taking care of all their teeth.

You will need: Your child, and a piece of fruit or raw vegetable. Have your child place the food in their mouth and chew it using only their front teeth, no back teeth. Then discuss why the back teeth are so important to chewing and digesting your food. Digestion starts in the mouth. If you don't chew your food well enough then you most likely won't digest it very well either. Discuss that your front teeth are more for biting, and tearing of food, while your back teeth are for grinding, and chewing the food down into smaller particles. Have your child think about if they had no back teeth. How easy would it be to eat certain foods?

Lesson Plans For 09/16/10:

Health: Human teeth with experiment
Math: Multiplication, fractions, addition and subtraction
Language Arts: Irregular plural nouns, spelling list one oral recital
Writing: Staying on topic
Reading: Reading comprehension with worksheet

Health: Oral hygiene basics
Sequencing: Worksheet
Language Arts: Short vowels review, blends dr, beginning sounds
Spelling: Sight words 1
Printing Practice
Math: Addition
Calendar work, clock work, sight words, skip counting.

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