A toothbrush is something we see and touch every day, would never travel without, and teach children to use as we promote better dental health and hygiene. Yet the majority of teachers and students know little or nothing about the origin and history of the toothbrush. This reading passage clears that in an interesting way, tracking the 5,000 year history of the toothbrush from ancient Egyptian “chew sticks” to Chinese and European animal hair toothbrushes and then on to the modern nylon bristle and cordless electric toothbrushes of today.
This Common Core-aligned text is teacher and student-friendly and written for use in Grades 5-8. It can be implemented in a number of ways by teachers (close reading, direct instruction in class, independent practice, absence work, homework, test prep, assessment, centers, etc). Please see the Preview for the first part of the text and all the assessment questions.
The product includes:
1) An engaging and student-friendly 850-word informational passage called “The Origin and History of the Toothbrush.”
2) A total of 27 questions, from basic vocabulary and comprehension to deeper thinking, written to align with Common Core Standards RI.4.1, RI.4.5, RI.5.4, and RI.6.3
3) Answers to every question.
Are you interested in more of this type of reading and assessment work for your middle grade students? Then have look at my other innovations and inventions resources! Each provides the origin and history of an important everyday object or food in an engaging and educational passage with follow-on close reading assessment work!
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