Friday, July 24, 2020

The Human Body: The Teeth

We are using the Montessori Sixth Great Lesson analogy of The Great River (click the link and then choose "The Nation of the Great River - Narration and Music - by Lizby Dingus and Kai Engle" to hear ETC Montessori's version of this lovely story; choose "Teacher's Notes" to download the words as a PDF).

This story is a wonderful way to frame our work. In a Montessori Lower Elementary classroom students ages 6-9 would hear this story every year. It is part of the Peace & Cosmic Education subject of the curriculum.

This isn't as rich and hands-on as when I taught The Human Body as a summer camp in 2018, of course, because we are doing social distancing and meeting via Zoom. But you do the best you can with what you have!

With this "Flipped Classroom" approach, students are doing the "Prior to Meeting" activities at home with their families before we gather on Zoom.

Previous Sessions in this Science Club topic were:

Friday, July 17

Prior to Meeting

Review of The Skeletal System
(The Walls & Towers)

  • coloring pages from Human Anatomy Coloring Book by Margaret Matt and Joe Ziemian

    "Skull" on page 3

    "Appendicular Skeleton - Lower Extremities" on page 7

Introduction to The Teeth

During the Meeting

  • review the results of student at-home activities
  • read Teeth by Sneed B. Collard III

  • read the chapter "Teeth: Nippers, Chompers, Grinders" from Blood and Guts, stopping as follows:

    for "Casting" on page 32, show cast of Leah's teeth and her retainer

    at the bottom of page 33, show some of my daughters' baby incisors (imagine this incisor in an adult mouth!) and look at Natalie's baby tooth that was knocked out when she was three with the entire root still intact

    at the end of the chapter, recommend purchasing some disclosing tablets for at-home use!

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