Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dental Health Month

In case you do not know, February is Dental Health Month. We are in the midst of one of my favorite projects of the school year.

We review healthy dental habits. Then I introduce an egg experiment.   Here is the experiment:

You will need eggs, pop, cups, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

1.  Hard boil enough eggs at home so each student (I prefer this) or small group has their own egg.
2.  Pass out an egg to each child.
3.  Put the eggs in cups labeled with the students' names. Pour enough pop in the cup to cover the egg.  Some white showing is ok as it makes a good comparison of before and after.  (Make sure that you make some extra eggs in cups for when - not if - a student breaks their egg.)
4.  Have students predict what will happen.
5.  Place the cups in a safe spot overnight.
6.  The next day, redistribute the cups.  You can either have the students take their own eggs out or you may want to in order to avoid a huge mess!
7.  Students ” brush” their eggs.  Use real toothpaste and toothbrushes for this.  (I got the toothbrushes from the dollar stare – 4 or 5 for $1.)  Less than one tube of toothpaste is all that is needed for the entire class to brush their eggs.

My students have been asking nonstop to see how the experiment turns out! 

If you are interested in trying this experiment, please download the packet I created on Teachers Pay Teachers using this link

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