Tooth Talk

May 13, 2009

 

The Tooth Book

A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums

By Edward Miller

Holiday House, 2008

ISBN #0-8234-2092-2

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Just when you think you’ve read all there is to learn about teeth, this book adds more facts. Ranging in scope from the value of teeth and what they do, growing teeth, first aid and safety, animal teeth, and the don’ts for teeth, this book has it all. Filled with big, bright illustrations and large headings, the book is appealing and accessible for students who want to read it all or simply parts of the book. The information is extensive yet kid-friendly and I found myself wondering what would be next in all things teeth. Backmatter lists good reference websites.

How would it be to have no teeth? It wouldn’t be much fun. Without teeth it’s hard to eat, talk, smile, whistle, and sing.

Activity 1

Research the four kinds of permanent teeth and identify what each one is used for in humans. Using a mirror, locate each of the four types of teeth in the student’s mouth and name them.

Label them using this site.

You’ll look for incisors, canines, bicuspids (I had to hunt for this one!), and molars.

Activity 2

Look up information about the teeth of dogs, cats, rats, snakes, walruses, or pigs. Find out the number of teeth they have and how their teeth are specialized to their particular diets.

General information can start here.

This site has more detailed information.

National Science Standards: structure and function in living systems  

 Another tooth book:

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller

Tooth on the Loose by Susan Middleton Elya
illustrated by Jenny Mattheson, the same person who illustrated my book, No Bows!


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