Science KS2: Teeth - how they help animals eat

Presenter Zoe Gamble uses graphics to explain how different animals have teeth suitable for their diet, whether carnivore or herbivore, and how the variety of human teeth allow us omnivore to chew up the wide variety of food we eat.

An experiment with an egg left in vinegar demonstrates how our teeth our softened by the acid created by sugar, and why brushing our teeth is important.

This clip is from the series Amazing Me.

Teacher Notes

You could recreate the experiment that’s in the clip with an egg left in vinegar for 3 days, an egg left in Cola for 3 days, an egg left in water for 3 days.

_Compare the results and see what happens. What are the results, and explain the results? _

Pupils could compare the teeth of omnivores, carnivores and herbivores.

Look at real case-studies such as a rabbit cat and humans.

Draw the different types of teeth, and label them to see how their different.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Biology on the topic of the human body at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.