Different types of teeth

Unlike humans, sheep have only back teeth on their upper jaw (no front teeth), with a full set of teeth on their lower jaw. This allows them to grab pasture close to the ground and grip it with their back teeth. The age of sheep can also be identified by the number of teeth.

The focus of this lesson is to introduce the concept of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores by looking at different types of teeth. These existing ideas can then be taken account of in future lessons.

During the lesson students will have the opportunity to:

  • explore and make observations about a range of animals
  • discuss the different purposes of a range of external features
  • explore the differences and similarities between a range of animals
  • sort information and classify objects based on easily observable
  • characteristics with teacher guidance.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)
  • Pose and respond to questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024)
  • Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables through discussion, compare observations with predictions (ACSIS027)
  • Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS213)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways (ACSIS029)