Oral Health Education Guide for Grade 2

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Links to Curriculum Expectation Table

Specific expectation numbers per learning block and strand have been identified based on their relevancy to oral health.

Learning Block Strand Specific Expectation #
Arts Music C1.1
Health and Physical Education Active Living
Healthy Living
C2.2 and C3.2
Science and Technology Life Systems
Earth and Space
2.2
1.2
Social Studies Features of Community Knowledge and Understanding
language Reading
Media
1.1
1.1

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Language

Reading

Encourage students to read using different types of literary texts (e.g., stories, folk tales) from diverse cultures regarding oral health beliefs and practices.

  1. Berenstain, S., & Berenstain, J. (1998). The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist. Random House.
  2. Dr. Seuss (September 2000). The Tooth Book. Random House Children’s Books.
  3. Van Leeuwen, J. (April2008). Amanda Pig and the Wiggly Tooth. USA: Penguin Group Inc.
  4. Beeler, Selby B. (2001). Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World . Sandpiper. None edition, 2001
  5. Keller, Laurie (2000). Open Wide: Tooth School Insider External Link. Henry Holt & Company.

Media

Below are links to some media texts. Allow students to identify the purpose and intended audience for these texts. Ask them to identify which toothpaste and toothbrush designs are for children and which are for adults.

  1. Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center External Link
  2. Colgate Products and Research External Link

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Health & Physical Education

Active Living

Students may use the following information to identify ways they can protect their teeth and mouths from safety risks during physical activity.

  1. How Mouthguards Protect You
  2. Ways to Protect Your Teeth External LinkAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) (See page 68)
  3. Dental Emergencies
  4. Dental Safety and EmergenciesExternal Link

Healthy Living

Students may use the following information to describe ways to maintain good oral health and prevent problems.

  1. Tooth Sealants External LinkAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) (See pages 49-52)
  2. Mouth Care and Cavity Prevention External LinkAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) (See pages 25 – 40)
  3. Nutrition External Link

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Science & Technology

Life Systems

There are differences between humans and animals. Some animals do not have teeth (e.g., birds with beaks and whales with baleen). How do they eat food? Use the information below to help students observe and compare the physical characteristics of teeth, tongues, and mouths.

  1. Animal’s Teeth External LinkAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) (See pages 60-61)
  2. Did you know? - Trivia External Link

Earth and Space

Use the Estimating Tooth-Brushing time External LinkAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) (see page 7 & 11) resource to discover the answers to these questions:

  • How much water do you use when you brush your teeth?
  • How much time might a person spend brushing his or her teeth in one year?
  • How much time might that person spend brushing his or her teeth in one decade?
  • How much time could that person spend brushing his or her teeth in half a century?
  • If you were to leave your tap running every time you brushed your teeth, how much water would you use in one year, one decade, and one century?
  • How can you be more responsible for your water use?

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Social Studies

Features of Community

Use the resources below to help students discover how communities around the world have similar or different food and snacks.

  1. Hodges, S., Warren, J., & Bittinger, G. (December 1994). Multicultural Snacks. Totline Publications.
  2. Healthier Choices for Multicultural Cuisines External Link

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Art

Oral health rhyme about brushing your teeth

I know how to brush my teeth
I brush on top and underneath
Up like a rocket
Down like a plane
Back and forth like a choo-choo train.

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  • Based on The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8.
  • Created by Halton Region Health Department, in consultation with the HCDSB and the HDSB.