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Tooth Trouble Activity Ideas

Welcome another edition of Books Teachers Love! This month, I'm introducing a book "Tooth Trouble."  I have read this book every year since my first year teaching. I don't remember how I found out about the book, but I fell in love with it. It makes the kids (and me) giggle all throughout!

The book is about an adorable kid walrus, named Wibur. At the beginning of the story, we find out that his tusk hurts. Everyone keeps telling him to go to the dentist, but he just doesn't want to. He keeps wanting to play with his friends and do everything they do but he can't with a sore tusk. Eventually, Wilbur talks with his grandpa who doesn't like the dentist either. His grandpa actually has a broken tusk. Talking to his grandpa caused him to change his mind about the dentist. The story ends with Wilbur realizing that goes isn't so bad. Then, he tries to convince his grandpa to go!

 ;) It's adorable!

I always use this book to model making inferences. 
There are so many opportunities to practice! 

First, I like to read the book with the kids and have them focus on Wilbur. 
We work to describe his inside and outside character traits.

After we work on describing Wilbur, then we work to provide evidence!

I also like to allow students to think about a particular part of the book to practice their inference skills.

There is one part in the book when Wilbur realizes that he should probably go to the dentist.
It's when his grandpa tells him that he never wanted to go with the dentist either. Students can really infer here by looking at the characters face and grandpa's missing tooth! :)

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