Real-Life Math | Dentist

Do dentists dread going to the dentist? At least they're not afraid of math. Pupils watch a short video in which a dentist describes the math involved in a dentistry practice, such as measuring teeth to fit a crown. They then participate in an activity where they measure heights and arm spans to identify their perfect bikes.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class conduct a web search to find formulas dentists use
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be familiar with unit conversions and ratios
  • Activity requires tape measures with inches only
Pros

  • Highlights how concepts in math class connect to the real world
  • Provides handouts to use during the activity
Cons

  • Associated activity (finding the right bicycle) is somewhat unrelated to the idea of dentists
Common Core