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As part of dental health unit, I made a sequencing activity integrating literature with informational texts by using the fiction story Brush! Brush! Brush! from the Kaleidoscope Collection and Terrific Teeth, an informational text from Story World Real World. We started with Terrific Teeth.
This book teaches children about why different animals have teeth and also about different types of teeth. The children were really interested to learn that herbivores and carnivores have differently shaped teeth. They studied each other's teeth and came to the conclusion that humans have both types of teeth.
After the children reached that conclusion, I continued reading about the teeth of omnivores. They were fascinated by the fact that humans are considered omnivores because we eat both plants and meat. The book then goes on to give other interesting facts about teeth, such as which animal has the biggest teeth and which animal has the most teeth.
After piquing the children's interest with the informational text, we then moved on to taking care of our teeth. First, I had the children brainstorm how they take care of their teeth by working with a partner to draw a picture of something they do to take care of their teeth. Then we used the pictures to sequence their daily dental-care routine. Things that didn't fit into the sequence, like visiting the dentist or limiting sweets, went into an "also" category. Then the children completed a how-to-brush-your-teeth writing and craft project.
Finally, we read Brush! Brush! Brush! and compared our own sequences to the sequence in the story. We found out that we actually know quite a bit about taking care of our teeth!
If you would like a copy of the tooth-brushing sequencing packet, you can download it below.
For more information about the series shown in this post, Kaleidscope Collection and Story World Real World, click the images on the left below to download series information sheets with key features. To download the lesson packet, click the image to the right.