Absolutely nothing is more exciting for a 5 or 6 year old than losing a tooth ~ especially that first tooth!
And Kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers know this happens all the time.
At our school the kids can go to the office and collect a plastic tooth necklace whenever they lose a tooth at school. Those are such coveted items that sometimes kiddies even bring a tooth from home to get the necklace!
At school we always keep track of our lost teeth because that\’s what you do with the important stuff.
Related: Loose Tooth Poems
First up is our Lost Teeth chart. This is a fun way to keep track of all those missing pearly whites. Just print your kiddos\’ names in the appropriate month every time they lose a tooth.
Some years I\’ll also add a little tooth sticker beside each name just to jazz things up a bit. The stickers below are super cute \’cause they also have toothpaste and tooth brushes (affiliate link).
I also like to have a Lost Tooth Graph because it\’s such an easy way to integrate some math into my students\’ lives.
This can be a fun activity at the end of the year, too. Just give everyone a copy of the blank graph and have them recreate the classroom graph from the year. Then you can ask them questions about the data: Who lost the most teeth? In which month did we lose the most teeth? The least amount of teeth?
The graph I made is very simple, but it looks nice when enlarged on the photocopier to 11×14. I\’ve off-centred the teeth, so that the children\’s names can be printed beside the teeth, and the teeth coloured in.
BTW, if you\’re a Pete the Cat fan, then you might like this book!
How does your class celebrate when a student loses a tooth? Let me know in the comments below.