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How do different animals use their teeth to eat? | Biology – Amazing Me

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How different types of animals use their teeth to help them eat their food.

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Presenter Zoe uses graphics to explain how different animals have teeth suitable for their diet - whether carnivore or herbivore - and how the variety of teeth we have allows us to chew up the wide variety of food we eat. An experiment with an egg left in vinegar demonstrates how our teeth are softened by the acid created by sugar, and why brushing our teeth is important.

This clip is from the BBC series Amazing Me; a series of films that demonstrate the amazing processes that go in inside each and every one of us. Using experiments that can be recreated in the classroom and graphics showing the inside of the human body; these short clips explain the biological processes that keep us alive.

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You could recreate the experiment from 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?

You could also get your class to compare the teeth of omnivores, carnivores and herbivores. Look at real case-studies, such as a rabbit, a cat and humans. Draw the different types of teeth, and label them to see how they are different.

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.

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