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Cavity Free Kids Teaching Tip

Circle Time Lesson For Early Care and Education Teachers

During circle time, use these questions and a song to teach children that teeth have important jobs. Use the “Teeth Have Important Jobs” props to help children participate in this lesson.

Teacher: Everyone smile. Can you see teeth when you smile?

Here is a smiling, happy mouth. What’s missing from this mouth?

Yes, this mouth is missing teeth.

Let’s give this mouth some teeth!

Place top row of teeth on mouth.

Teacher: Count the teeth on top with me. Count.

Place bottom row of teeth on mouth.

Teacher: Now count the teeth on the bottom with me. Count.

We counted 10 teeth on the top and 10 teeth on the bottom. This means that many of you have 20 baby teeth in your mouth.

Do you know how important your teeth are? We are going to sing a song about the big, important jobs that teeth do.

My 20 Teeth Have Important Jobs (To the tune of “To Market, To Market”) Sing:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 shining teeth (repeat).

8, 9, 10, 11, 12 chewing our food (repeat).

13, 14, 15, 16, helping us talk (repeat).

17, 18, 19, 20 with healthy, happy smiles (repeat).

What did the song tell us are the three big jobs our teeth do? (Chew our food, help us talk and help us smile.)

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