Year 4 Term 1 Comp Reading Booklet

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Year 4 Term 1 Comp Reading Booklet
2. Contents
A Real Virtual World pages 3–4
The Star page 5
Teeth pages 6-10
9. Toothy Tools for Talking
Your teeth are great for chewing, but you also need them to talk. Different teeth work
with your tongue and lips to help you form sounds. Try saying the word “tooth” slowly
and notice how your tongue first hits the inside of your incisors to produce the hard “t”
sound and then goes in between your upper and lower teeth to make the “th” sound.
And if you love to sing “la la la la la,” you can thank those teeth every time you sing a
song. How do your teeth help you to make that “l” sound?
Belle’s Brilliant Blog
Belle is a dentist. She writes a weekly blog for the patients at her surgery to read while they
wait for their appointments. Below are some examples of her blog entries.
May 10th
Teeth and Food
This week we have been so busy! One of our dentists has been away, so I’ve been
covering her patients. It’s also school holidays, so the surgery is full of children. I always
love it at this time of year: everyone is happy, relaxed and enjoying the sun. Well, most
people. We’ve had a few children this week who have had to have cavities filled. One
of my patients asked me what he can do to help his daughter Sammy, who eats lots
of sugary snacks, look after her teeth better (she didn’t enjoy having two fillings in her
teeth). Now I know that no diet is absolutely perfect – including mine! It is unrealistic to
expect that we should all give up sugary foods and drinks completely, but encouraging
healthier diets can prevent cavities and improve dental health. I asked my patient to
encourage his child to eat foods that are healthy for her teeth and gums, for example
carrots, apples, and other hard fruits. They are delicious and useful - they can help scour
and clean teeth of sugars and acids. Snacking on sugary foods is one of the primary
causes of tooth decay, so remember, folks, think about what you eat.
10. June 17th
Do you floss? Perhaps you tell us that you floss, but really you don’t? Flossing really is
one of the most beneficial things you can do for your teeth. Used properly, dental floss
helps to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and sticky plaque from
between your teeth. Plaque is made of bacteria – yuck! You must want to get rid of that!
If it builds up, the bacteria can irritate the gums and cause inflammation. Why cause
yourself unwanted pain and expense? We have free samples of floss for you to try – just
ask one of the staff at reception. Your teeth will thank you for it!
November 6th
Bonfire Toffee
Another busy day today! All that toffee-apple chewing out in the cold air has caused
problems for some of our patients, who rang in to make emergency appointments this
morning. It seems that chewy bonfire toffee is just the thing for breaking teeth and pulling
out fillings, leaving our patients in pain and poorer – some patients had to pay a lot of
money to get their teeth sorted out. The cold weather is also not helping those exposed
nerves! We’ve fixed everyone up and made them feel better….but I imagine that some of
them won’t be rushing for the bonfire toffee again next year!