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Learn about dentistry's ancient roots. Student work sheet provided.
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In this lesson, students learn about the history of dentistry by reading History of Dentistry (alternate source), either online or in printed form. Then they complete the The History of Dentistry work sheet.
Work sheet answers appear in the Assessment section below.
Extend the Lesson
Students might put together a timeline of dental history. The History of Dentistry Web page offers individual pages that go into much greater detail about dentistry through the ages. You might arrange students into pairs or small groups and assign each group a different era in dental history:
For students who work well independently, you might have them explore some of the additional sections of the History of Dentistry Web page:
Dental History Timeline
Students correctly identify 12 of the 15 statements on the work sheet.
Answers: 1.T, 2.F, 3.T, 4.T, 5.F, 6.T, 7.T, 8.T, 9.T, 10.F, 11.T, 12.F, 13.T, 14.T, 15.F.
Lesson Plan Source
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH: Health
GRADES 5 - 8
NPH-H.5-8.1 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NPH-H.5-8.2 Health Information, Products and Services
GRADES 9 - 12
NPH-H.9-12.1 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NPH-H.9-12.2 Health Information, Products and Services
SOCIAL SCIENCES: World History
GRADES 5 - 12
NSS-WH.5-12.1-8 All Eras
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