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Go-o-o Tooth!

Pamela Williams
Santa Rosa District Schools


Students identify healthy and unhealthy choices which will help them take proper care of their teeth for a lifetime.


The student recognizes that decisions about personal behavior may be healthy or unhealthy (eg., obeying pedestrian rules).


-Transparency paper for computer printing
-Transparency printout with graphics displaying smiles showing teeth for discussion
-Overhead projector
-Four folders
-Four sheets of card stock
-Graphics program like Print Shop or Print Artist
-(48) 2” illustrations of healthy and unhealthy food items for teeth (Use graphics program to create these)
-Four illustrations each of a healthy tooth and an unhealthy tooth for classification
-Answer key
-Chart paper/markers
-Directions for activity


1. Prepare a K-W-L Chart for discussion.
2. Prepare transparency sheet of graphics showing healthy and unhealthy teeth for group discussion.
3. Prepare chart for whole group classification of Healthy and Unhealthy Choices for Teeth.
4. Type directions for activity.
5. Create four tables with (12) 2” squares on a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or other processing program. Using a graphics program such as Print Master Gold or other graphics program, place healthy and unhealthy items for teeth in each square. Print each table onto card stock. Cut squares into cards for shuffling. Print title and directions for the activity on a sheet to be placed on the front of the folder. Create eight more tables with 12 blank squares each. Place one table under a healthy tooth and one under an unhealthy tooth on the inside of each of the four folders. Prepare an answer key for self-checking.


Begin the activity by asking everyone to smile. Ask students if they are comfortable with their smiles, and ask them if they showed their teeth. Then, display some graphics with different versions of smiles displaying teeth on the overhead. Ask the students to decide if the owners of these smiles made healthy choices for their teeth. Discuss how you can identify the healthy teeth from the unhealthy teeth as you view the graphics.

1. Start a K-W-L Chart by brainstorming: #1. What we KNOW about how to have and keep healthy teeth and #2. What we WANT to know about how to have and keep healthy teeth.

2. Give directions for the “Go-o-o Tooth” activity.
Directions (for four players):
a. Determine which player goes first by throwing dice. The larger number goes first. Each player gets a folder.
b. The cards should be shuffled and placed face down.
c. The first player draws a card, decides if it is a healthy or unhealthy choice for their teeth, and places it in the correct category.
d. Continue in a clockwise rotation until all the cards in the deck are drawn.
e. The player with the most items correctly placed in the healthy category wins.
f. Students use answer key to check.

3. Have students create a classification chart for “Having and Keeping Healthy Teeth” as a whole group, using choices from the activity as well as other choices students come up with while creating this chart.

4. Have students create a categorized list of healthy and unhealthy choices for taking care of teeth. Students should be able to list at least 5 examples in each category.

5. Reflection: Return to the K-W-L Chart and have students complete #3. What we LEARNED about making healthy choices to have and keep healthy teeth.


1. Teacher observation of students playing the “Go-o-o Tooth” activity: Circulate and assist while noting correct/incorrect responses.
2. Assess lists created by students individually, in which they categorize healthy and unhealthy habits for teeth. Students should be able to list at least five healthy and five unhealthy habits accurately.


1. Students plan healthy menus for taking care of their teeth, then compare them with a nutritionally balanced breakfast or lunch prepared by their school cafeteria for a month.
2. Students create a graph of their top five “healthy tooth” foods using the information from their school cafeteria's menu to see which of their foods was used the most in a month.
3. Plan a visit from a local dentist to answer any questions or concerns students might have, and to give an individual assessment for each student's dental needs. Updated assessments should be sent home to parents.
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