Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dental Health Experiments, a Fun Math activity, a Mini unit and a Freebie


Last week we started our dental health unit. I had so much fun with this unit! I was lucky enough to have a parent in my class who is also a dentist. She brought in some dental goodies and gave an amazing presentation. As always, I try to integrate our theme into other subjects as much as I can. I made a mini pack of dental literacy activities.  Here is a preview of the pack:








This math activity was pretty fun. 


I started with a whole class lesson. It worked out perfectly because I was due for an observation from my principal and this activity had my students engaged for the entire lesson. First, I put a clip art of a pillow taped to the white board. 

I lifted the pillow to show a tooth with a value on it. 

(I have a magnetic white board, so I just put magnetic tape on the back of each tooth.) I told the class that the tooth fairy needed help counting  out the correct coins. I got the cutest tooth fairy clip art from Lita Lita. I printed the tooth fairy and stuck it on a stick. I called on students to come up and "fly" the tooth fairy over to the pillow and take the tooth. Then they chose the correct coins (also with magnetic tape on the back) and slipped the coins under the pillow. After a couple of examples, I passed out paper money to the students and they all practiced finding the correct coins for each tooth. In the mini-unit, I included this activity with a student sheet to be used as a center or whole class activity. I also made a similar activity that can be done with partners to compare the value or two teeth.  

We also did the famous egg in soda experiment. That was a fun one! I made another worksheet to go with it that emphasized the scientific method. 


I did not include this in the mini pack, but you can get it for free by clicking on the picture.

Question for TPT/TN sellers: The reason I didn't include this in my mini unit is because the actual experiment is not my "intellectual property". It's an experiment that has been around forever and I don't actually know where I first heard about it. The worksheet, however, is my intellectual property. (Actually, fast fact, the format for this scientific method worksheet was the first thing I ever posted on TPT back in early 2011 for a polar bear experiment- but the clip art was not nearly as cute back then!)  So, am I correct to assume that I can't include this in the pack to sell because the experiment isn't my intellectual property, even if the worksheet is? I just thought I'd ask you all to see what you thought. Please email me if you have an opinion on the subject. :) sgpaul26@gmail.com

You can get this mini unit at my teachers stores by clicking on the links below:

   

This is on sale at both of my shops for today and tomorrow!


You'll also want to upload this freebie again:

A sweet follower pointed out that I needed the box around "my" for #3. Thank you! Sorry for the trouble everyone. You can click on the picture to download. 




49 comments:

  1. What a fun lesson! I'm sure your principal was very impressed! My kids would love this! I'm your newest follower!

    I just started a blog and posted a "Number Surgery" freebie. If you have time I'd love for you to come check it out!

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  3. Anytime you're in doubt, I'd say it is safest not to sell. I love your format, though!

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  5. Will you ever stop amazing us with these AWESOME units??? I certainly hope not! The science experiment will be a huge hit with the kiddos! Thank you, as always, for sharing your genius with us!
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