Smile Squad - Analysing Oral Health Messages

Smile Squad - Analysing Oral Health Messages

Lesson 3 of 4 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • English
  • Text Analysis
  • Social
  • Physical Health
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students learn about preventative oral health messages through examining a mix of messages based on facts and opinions. They explore differences in the language features of these messages to identify which health messages we should be listening to. Students create their own oral health messages based on facts.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the differences in the language used in facts and opinions
  • understand that these language differences can provide clues about which health messages we should be listening to.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • identify some features of factual and opinionative texts
  • critically analyse a range of oral health messages and assess whether they are based on fact or opinion
  • understand key preventative oral health actions and create a poster to share these actions.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

Year 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education:

Students learn to:

  • interpret the nature and intention of health information and messages, and reflect on how they influence personal decisions and behaviours (AC9HP4P09)

General capabilities: Literacy.

Syllabus outcomes: PD3-2

Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education achievement standards:

Students interpret health information to apply strategies to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing.

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Social skills
  • Critical thinking

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: High - lead class discussions and oversee group work.

Special thanks to:
This project was created in partnership with Smile Squad and Dental Health Services Victoria. Smile Squad is the Victorian Government free school dental program. It offers free dental care to all Victorian government primary and secondary school students.

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