Community Helpers | Dental Thematic Unit

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If you’re looking for a thematic unit about dentists or need engaging activities for dental health month, you’ve found it. This 39-page set of activities and worksheets will immerse your grade 2 and grade 3 learners into the world of dentistry. It is a versatile teaching tool in that it can be used during dental health month or anytime during the year when you’re teaching about community helpers. Along with the worksheets and activities, there are 2 companion PowerPoint presentations that work in conjunction with a science experiment and a labeling activity. There is also a set of cards that make for fun learning games. Being a thematic unit, you’ll find something for nearly every subject. This product contains grade level material in reading, reading comprehension, ELA, math, social studies, science, art, and physical education. Pages in this unit are available in color and black & white. An answer key is also included. PLEASE NOTE: the color version and black & white version are IDENTICAL.

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PAGES 1-2: 8 vocabulary terms to use with corresponding the worksheet.

PAGE 3: learners will match vocabulary terms with their definitions.

PAGE 4: learners will write the number of syllables and plural form of words associated with dental health.

PAGE 5: learners will read a passage about the variety of jobs performed by dentists and hygienists.

PAGE 6: learners will answer comprehension questions about the reading passage.

PAGE 7: learners will cut and paste pictures to show the goods and services associated with dental health.

PAGE 8: learners will label various parts of a tooth.

PAGE 9: learners will read a passage about things teeth can do and what teeth need.

PAGE 10: learners will complete a “can, have, are” tooth organizer with information from the reading passage.

PAGES 11-12: learners will do a tooth craftivity to pair with an expository writing activity.

PAGES 13-14: learners will write an expository piece using information from their tooth organizer.

PAGE 15: learners will read a poem about teeth and dentists.

PAGE 16: learners will answer grammar questions about the poem.

PAGE 17: Note to educator about science experiments.

PAGE 18: learners will record data and answer questions about science experiment #1.

PAGES 19-23: learners will use their booklet to record data and write about science experiment #1.

PAGE 24: learners will follow the instructions to participate in science experiment #2.

PAGE 25: learners will record data and answer questions about science experiment #2.

PAGE 26: learners will read a passage about the jobs performed by a veterinary dentist.

PAGE 27: learners will match carnivores and herbivores to the types of teeth they use to eat.

PAGE 28: learners will color the tooth that identifies the corresponding number as odd or even.

PAGE 29: learners will color the correct coins to show how much each child received for his/her lost tooth.

PAGE 30: 3 physical education activities focusing following directions and teamwork.

PAGES 31-36: set of 30 cards showing healthy and unhealthy foods/drinks for teeth. These are needed for one of the physical education activities.

PAGE 37: learners will sort healthy and unhealthy foods/drinks which make their teeth happy or sad.

PAGE 38: a “happy tooth” and “sad tooth” to use in conjunction with the sorting activity.

PAGE 39: learners will complete the tooth shaped maze and/or the tooth shaped dot-to-dot.


 A set of PowerPoint slides to use in conjunction with science experiment #1.

 A set of PowerPoint slides to use in conjunction with the tooth labeling worksheet.

 A set of picture cards and clue cards to use as learning games.

 This product meets the following guidelines set forth in the NATIONAL HEALTH EDUCATION STANDARDS (NHES).

 STANDARD 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.

  • 1.2.1 Identify that healthy behaviors affect personal health.
  • 1.2.5 Describe why it is important to seek health care.

STANDARD 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

  • 6.2.2 Identify who can help when assistance is needed to achieve a personal health goal.

STANDARD 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.

  • 7.2.1 Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
  • 7.2.2 Demonstrate behaviors that avoid or reduce health risks.


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I am an adoptive mom of 5 wonderful kiddos and I homeschooled 4 of them for several years. Prior to becoming a mom, I was a classroom aide in grades 1-3, a co-teacher in various pre-school classrooms (infants to age 3), and a lead teacher in Pre-K, as well as a before/after-school program leader. I have a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and graduate coursework in special education. It was during the years that I homeschooled my kids that I tried my hand at creating resources for them. We did so many "out of the box" activities and I struggled to find resources for them online. I began creating material that met their individual needs and tied into what they were learning. The rest, they say, is history.

Community Helpers | Dental Thematic Unit