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Book and Toy Hospital Box

Broken toys and ripped books are the norm in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. I used to throw all the “broken stuff” on my desk but it just added to the mess -and you know how important organization is to me!

Then I started using a box for damaged books and I called it a “Book Hospital”.

book and toy hospital box

Book and Toy Hospital Box

The purpose of the box was to alert me to books that needed some TLC so I could fix them and put them back into circulation in our classroom library. The book hospital was a great idea but I quickly realized that it needed to be tweaked to make it work in my classroom.

The first thing I noticed about the Book Hospital was that most of the books the kids put there weren’t really damaged. I would flip through the books looking for ripped pages or broken bindings and couldn’t find anything wrong.

I would ask “Who put this book here? Why did you put it here?” and the child would flip to a page that had a tiny little wrinkle or mark almost invisible to the human eye. I guess reading all those books about books was a good investment!

I decided to re-read some of our favorite titles (RIP Mr. Wiggles – he’s out of print) and then we sorted through a pile of books together as a whole class, some damaged and some not. Finally we discussed the reasons why each book was damaged or not damaged and placed the truly damaged books in the Book Hospital- problem solved.

But that still left me with another problem {I know, I’m high maintenance!} what about all the other things in our classroom that were broken? On my desk I had a toy car with a missing wheel, a piece of fruit from the dramatic play center with teeth marks {never fails}, and a hole punch from the writing center that wouldn’t punch.

I needed to get all this stuff off my desk and I really didn’t have room for two boxes of broken stuff so I changed the “Book Hospital” to a hospital for all broken items. And we all lived happily ever after…

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Dental Health

Preschool and Pre-K dental health theme activities. Literacy, math, printables book lists and more!

Preschool Dental Health Theme Activities

Dental Health Books

Dental Health Literacy Activities

Sight Word Tooth Mats
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Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Sight word recognition
Materials: tooth notepad, Sharpie marker, laminating film, magnetic letters.
Directions: Use the Sharpie marker to write your focus sight words on the tooth notepad. Place a basket or tub of magnetic letters in the center of the table. Students will spell the sight words out on the mats with magnetic letters.

Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Phonological Awareness- syllabication
Materials: Dental health syllable mats (see printables section below), tooth erasers or stamps
Directions: Print the dental health syllable sheets on cardstock and laminate. Give 2 sheets to each student in your small group. The students will identify the picture, then clap the number of syllables they hear in each word. Next, students will place the correct number of tooth erasers next to each picture to indicate the number of syllables in the word OR stamp the correct number of teeth to indicate the syllables.

Beginning Sounds
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Phonological Awareness- beginning sounds
Materials: Pictures of dental health items (see printables section below), cardstock, laminating film, magnetic tape, scissors, cookie sheet, magnetic letters
Directions: Print the dental health pictures on cardstock and laminate. Next, cut the pictures out and place a small piece of magnetic tape on the back of each card. Give each child in your small group a cookie sheet. Students will identify the picture, place it on the cookie sheet, and then place the magnetic letter next to it that starts with the beginning sound of the item pictured.

Brush, Brush Game
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Setting: Small or Large Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Alphabet or Sight Word Recognition
Materials: tooth cut-outs, Sharpie marker, laminating film, Do-A-Dot markers, recording sheet, plastic container or basket to put cut-outs in
Directions: This game is a modified version of the Bang Game. Write one one word on each tooth cut-out using the Sharpie marker. On one tooth write the words “Brush! Brush!” with the Sharpie marker. Laminate the tooth cut-outs for durability. Place all the teeth in a basket or plastic tub. This game can be played in large or small groups. Give a recording sheet to each student. Have the students sit in a circle and pass the basket of teeth around. Each student closes his eyes and removes one tooth, then reads the word written on the back aloud and marks it on his recording sheet with a Do-A-Dot marker. If a student gets the tooth that says “Brush! Brush!” all the students can chime in and sing the “Brush Your Teeth” by Raffi out loud together and pretend to brush their teeth.
This game could also be played with letters written on the teeth and recording sheet instead of sight words.

Dental Health Math Activities

Dental Health Board Game
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Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence
Materials: black construction paper, laminating film, dental health stickers (see resource section below), foam die, tooth erasers
Directions: Affix dental health stickers to the black construction paper playing board to create a path. When the board is complete laminate it for durability.
Use the tooth erasers as playing pieces. Place the playing pieces on the tooth to start. Students will take turns rolling the die and moving along the tooth path towards the toothpaste so they can become sparkly clean.

1:1 Marshmallow Game

Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence
Materials: printable teeth mat- one for each child in the small group (available in printables section below), cardstock, laminating film, foam die, mini-marshmallows
Directions: Print the teeth mats on cardstock and laminate. Give each student in the small group a tooth mat. Place the marshmallows in the center of the table in a bowl or other container so they are easily accessible to all students. Each student takes a turn rolling the die and putting the corresponding number of marshmallows on their recording sheet. When there is one marshmallow on each tooth on their mat they are finished.

Number Cavities
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Number sense, counting
Materials: Black pom-pom’s, tooth accents (see resources below), Sharpie, laminating film
Directions: Write a different number on each tooth accent using a Sharpie. Laminate the tooth accents for durability. Students will identify the number on each tooth and place the corresponding number of “cavities” on each tooth using the black pom-pom’s.

Ice Cube Tray Game
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Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence
Materials: ice cube trays- one per child, one foam die, tooth pencil toppers (from ebay)
Directions: To play this game each child in the small group gets an ice cube tray. Students sit around a table and take turns rolling the die. Students must place the correct number of teeth in the ice cube tray that correspond with the dots on the die. The object of the game is to fill your tray with erasers.

Ordering Teeth by Size
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Students will cut and glue the teeth in order by size from largest to smallest. The teeth are glued to a sentence strip that you can also staple to turn into a headband when the child is done.

Dental Health Counting Grid
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Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence
Materials: 1-5 stamping grid- one per child, dental health stamps (from SmileMakers)
Directions:To play this game each child in the small group gets a stamping grid sheet. Place the stamps in the center of the table in a basket or container so all students can easily reach them. The students will fill the correct number of boxes next to each number with stamps.

Counting Teeth 1-9
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Students will cut and glue the teeth in order 1-9. The teeth can be glued to a sentence strip and stapled when complete to make a headband the child can wear.

Dental Health Patterning
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Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Patterning
Materials: Patterning grid- one per child, dental health stamps (from SmileMakers)
Directions: To play this game each child in the small group gets one patterning grid. Place the stamps in the center of the table in a basket or container so all students can easily reach them. The students will use the stamps to create a pattern in the grid.

Tooth Roll ‘N Stamp
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Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Number recognition, number sense, one-to-one
Materials: foam die, tooth roll ‘n stamp sheets (see printables section below), yellow Do-A-Dot markers
Directions: Students take turns rolling the die, identifying the corresponding number on their paper and stamping that number with a yellow Do-A-Dot marker.

Fun Dental Health Activities

Dental Health T-Chart
Materials: chart paper, markers, scissors, glue sticks, tooth cut-outs, magazines
Directions: Draw a line down the center of the chart paper using a marker. At the top of the left column glue a tooth cut-out, use the marker to make a happy face on the tooth. At the top of the right hand column glue a tooth cut-out and draw a sad face on it. Next, let students cut out pictures of food from the magazines and have them glue the pictures to the t-chart under the appropriate column. Good foods should be glued under the happy tooth, and bad foods should be glued under the sad tooth.

Happy Teeth Flipbook
Materials: construction paper, scissors, tooth cut-outs, glue, crayons
Directions: Prepare the flip booklets in advance by folding a piece of construction paper hot-dog style. Use the scissors to cut two slits in the front flap up to the fold, this will create 3 flaps. Have students glue a tooth cut-out to the front of each flap. Next, the students will use use their crayons to draw a picture of something that is good for their teeth under each flap.

Toothbrush Painting
Materials: yellow construction paper, white paint, scissors, toothbrush, scissors, and corn syrup.
Directions: Cut out a large tooth shape from yellow construction paper. Mix white tempera paint with corn syrup. Using toothbrushes the students can brush their tooth to make it white again. The mixture will dry to a glossy finish and resemble a healthy tooth. When it is dry use the scissors to cut out the teeth.

Marshmallow Smiles
Materials: small white paper plates (the cheaper the better), red markers, mini-marshmallows, glue
Directions: Have your students color the bottom side of a small, white paper plate red. Fold the paper plate in half to make a “mouth” puppet. Next, color a tongue on the lower half of the plate then glue the marshmallows around the edges of the plate to represent “teeth”. Make sure your students leave spaces in the mouth if they have lost a tooth.

Making Toothpaste
Materials: Baking soda, salt, water, liquid peppermint flavoring (found in the spice aisle of your grocery store)

  • 1T. salt
  • 2T.baking powder
  • small amount of peppermint flavoring
  • water (small amount, just enough to make a “paste” texture)

Directions: Using the toothbrushes the nurse or visiting dentist gives us we brush our teeth with our very own homemade toothpaste. Next, graph if the students like the homemade toothpaste or not.

Egg Experiment
Materials: hard boiled egg, soda, cup
Directions: Ask your students to predict what will happen if you put a hard boiled egg into a cup of soda. Next, place a hard boiled egg into a cup of soda, like Coke or Pepsi and let it sit over night. Next, take the egg out and brush it with toothpaste so students can see how it comes clean, discuss the student’s observations. Place the cup in your science center or other location so the children can observe the changes taking place independently.

What Color is Your Toothbrush Graph
Materials: chart paper, construction paper (various colors), glue stick, markers
Directions: Write the words “What Color is Your Toothbrush?” at the top of the chart paper. Next, write the color words using the corresponding colored marker down the left side of the paper. Cut the construction paper into 4×4 squares and let the students select the square that represents the color of their toothbrush; have them write their name on it with a marker. Finally, have the students glue their colored square in the appropriate row on the graph.

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No Limits to Literacy Book Review

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I stumbled across this fantastic book recently: No Limits to Literacy for Preschool English Learners by Theresa A. Roberts. I have always been passionate about two things, teaching young children and working with English language learners so this book really jumped out at me. I thought I would share some of the highlights with you here. You can also read the first 46 pages on-line for free at Google Books

I was most interested in chapters 3-5, the meaty literacy parts, so those are the ones I will be reviewing here. The third chapter was the one I was looking forward to the most because I would like to increase vocabulary in our pre-k students. The author.s main ideas in this chapter were:

  • Create situations in your classroom that will help your English language learners take risks with oral language such as choral responses, repetition activities, talking in pairs, and small groups.
  • Be a good speaking role model for your students. Get rid of the twangy accents and slang expressions!
  • Embed language throughout your day in areas like blocks, science, dramatic play, library etc.
  • Provide opportunities for children to say the words they are learning out loud many times.
  • Explicitly teach vocabulary EVERY DAY.
  • Identify and teach 12-15 new words per week.
  • Use pictures, hand motions, and concrete realia when teaching words.
  • Carefully select words that benefit children.s basic language and words related to storybooks, classroom themes, and centers.
  • Reread books

In chapter four, Befriending the Alphabet: Why and How, the author addresses the age old argument of how to teach the alphabet to young children. Her points on this issue were:

  • Use strategies and activities designed to help children make the connection between letter shapes and their names/sounds.
  • Make sure your lessons are engaging and meaningful
  • Use student names as a context for helping children learn aobut individual letters.
  • Use environmental print to connect to letters in a meaningful way
  • Provide writing opportunities where children are encouraged to to apply their alphabet knowledge.
  • Create a purposeful print rich classroom and embed print in learning centers and play activities.

Chapter five addresses phonological awareness which is often the .missing link. in many pre-k classrooms. The important points about phonological awareness were:

  • Begin with the easier tasks like whole words and syllables before onset-rime and rhyming.
  • Focus on the sounds at the beginning of the word before teaching the sounds at the end of the word.
  • Select short words for phonological awareness activities (CVC words) with the exception of syllabication activities that require longer words.
  • Provide pictures that show how sounds are made with the lips, tongue, teeth, throat etc and mirrors to use during phonological awareness activities.
  • Teach beginning sounds before rhyming . rhyming can be difficult in pre-k.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this book or the author’s points above.

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