CATCH Healthy Smiles Kindergarten
CATCH Healthy Smiles is an oral health promotion program that will help your students gain knowledge and skills to build strong oral hygiene habits and prevent tooth decay.
Following are program materials including: training, teacher resources, parent resources, curriculum lessons, 40 TEKS-aligned extension activities organized by subject area, PE supplemental activities, and signage.
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Information about classroom sessions, curriculum goals and rationale, scope & sequence, standards, and acknowledgements.
Training slides for educators implementing CATCH Healthy Smiles, directions for the implementation of a toothbrushing routine at school, and a unit plan with essential vocabulary, objectives, and a mastery checklist.
41 TEKS-aligned extension activities organized by subject area.
Lesson 1: Tooth Structure and Function
Students will explain tooth functions and state that they need to keep their teeth clean by brushing at least twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing once daily.
Lesson 2: Keeping Our Teeth Clean
Students will understand how long to brush their teeth, describe the benefits of brushing, describe dental plaque and its role in tooth decay, and explain that they need to brush teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes and floss once daily.
Lesson 3: The Dentist
Students will describe the role of the dentist in oral hygiene and the events that take place during a dental check-up.
Lesson 4: Brushing
Students will describe why it is important to brush teeth, explain when and how often to brush teeth, demonstrate how to correctly brush teeth, and describe the consequences of not caring for teeth.
Lesson 5: Flossing
Students will describe why they need to floss their teeth, explain how often and when to floss teeth, describe how to floss teeth, and describe the consequences of not flossing.
Lesson 6: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Students will identify sugary drinks, describe the effect of sugary drinks on oral health, and name healthy and harmful drinks for their teeth.
Lesson 7: Candy, Sticky Foods, and Processed Snacks
Students will identify foods that stick to teeth, describe the consequences of eating candy, sticky foods, and processed snacks, and name tooth-friendly and harmful foods and drinks.
Lesson 8: Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
Students will describe how crunchy fruits and vegetables affect tooth health and name foods that are healthy and harmful to teeth.
PE Supplemental Activities
Nine PE activities (3 Tag Games, 3 Cooperative Challenges, and 3 Fitness & Relay Activities) designed to reinforce the knowledge, skills, and healthy dental habits students are learning and practicing in the classroom.
Teacher 411: Additional Resources
Additional resources for educators who will be implementing CATCH Healthy Smiles. Includes FAQ, videos, policy toolkits, infographics, and a social media site.
Resources for parents, including a parent handout, letter (to be sent home at the beginning of the program), videos, fact sheets, and more.
Posters to be printed for display in the bathroom, cafeteria, halls, and classroom.