Oral Health Tools For Schools

Oral Health Lesson Plans/Teaching Tools

  • Overview of Supplemental Oral Health Curricula for Preschool, Kindergarten, 2nd and 7th Grade (pdf)
    These guides contain lessons that encourage students to take care of their teeth as well as teach them oral health concepts. Each of the student activities in the Oral Health Supplemental Resource Guides includes a list of needed materials, background information, step-by-step instructions and suggested extension and evaluation activities. These guides are primarily designed for classroom use.
  • Oral Health Curriculum: Kindergarten (pdf)
    This resource guide has activities for kids aged 5 and 6. The lessons are designed to involve the young child in hands-on activities that will acquaint them with their mouth and how to care for their teeth; help them learn to like healthy foods; and encourage them keep their smiles safe. This guide is designed for use in both K-4 and K-5 classrooms.
  • Oral Health Curriculum: 2nd Grade (pdf)
    This resource guide has activities for kids aged 7 and 8.
  • Oral Health Curriculum: 7th Grade (pdf)
    This resource guide has activities for young teenagers.
  • Oral Health Curriculum: Preschool (pdf)
    This resource guide is intended for parents and young children to work on together.
  • Afterschoolers Oral Health Resource Guide (pdf)
    This resource guide has activities designed for students in grades 1-5 participating in Afterschool programs. The "lessons" involve the elementary age child in hands-on activities that will acquaint them with taking care of their teeth and understanding why that is important; teaching them to like and to choose healthy foods; and encouraging them keep their smiles safe and injury free. This guide is designed for use in childcare centers and schools with afterschool programs. It would also be a good resource for homeschool associations and parent and community outreach programs.
  • Brush up on Healthy Teeth -- Simple Steps for Kids' Smiles (pdf)
    Flier to hand out to kids and parents.
  • Teacher Activities for the Early Childhood Classroom (ML-025192) (pdf)
    This resource guide has activities for infants through age 4. The "lessons" are designed to involve the very young child in hands-on activities that will acquaint them with their mouth and how to care for their teeth; help them learn to like healthy foods; and encourage them keep their smiles safe. This guide is designed for use in childcare centers serving infants-preschoolers and would be a good resource for homeschool associations and parent and community outreach programs.
  • Oral Health for Preschoolers: Parent Information Booklet (ML-025191) (pdf)
    This Parent Information Booklet contains information for parents that is developmentally appropriate and based on recommendations from the Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health By P. Cassamassimo. The sheets are easy to understand and can help parents take an active role in establishing and maintaining good oral health for their child. General topics include taking care of teeth, selecting the right toothbrush and toothpaste, good nutrition, safety, and going to the dentist.
  • Oral Health Puppet Show for Schools and Head Start Centers
    Flora and Floppy go to the Dentist is a 20 minute interactive puppet show for children ages 3-8. The Columbia Marionette Puppet show is designed to engage and entertain preschool and school-age children while teaching them key messages about how to maintain good dental health.

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