Setting up an Operating Room Transformation?? I’ve done the shopping for you! Here are the best deals from Amazon Prime. You most definitely do NOT need all of these to complete your transformation…but I included many fun options that I hope to continue to add to my collection over the years!:
- Surgeon Hats
- Stethoscope for the teacher to wear
- Shoe Covers
- Ziplock Bags: filled with water and red dye for “blood bags”
- Aluminum Trays to hold surgery supplies like tweezers
- White Table Clothes
- Ziplock Bags
- Operation Game
Character Trait Autopsies
My most recent hospital transformation includes a Character Trait Autopsy!! It was….SO.SIMPLE. & the kids LOVED it. First, I outlined a student on white butcher paper and traced onto several more sheets until I had 5 total. I printed task cards and placed them on different areas of the “patient.” Students received patient charts that included a diagnosis and treatment for their patients injuries (eye pain, sprained ankle, stomach ache, etc). Each “treatment” was to simply answer each task card to the best of their ability and in a complete sentence. Of course I set up the transformation including my white table clothes, signs, blood bags, badges, and more! You can purchase the lesson and extras on TPT as a BUNDLE HERE! Check it out below:
Text Feature Surgery
Another favorite hospital transformation has been a Text Feature surgery! I used a product by Two Sharp Teachers on TPT…which the students LOVED! I’ve always wanted to put up white tablecloths around the room for this transformation—to make it feel more “hospital” like, but didn’t know exactly how I would go about it. I FINALLY came up with an idea that worked: I had rolls of velcro dots. I put one side on the ceiling and one side on the tablecloths and stuck them together…walah! I had my dream transformation and it was super quick to set up. I am also adding the editable blood bags to my TPT store. I taped them to ziplocks, added water, and added red food coloring! I stressed about how I would hang them in my room, but they sat on the desks perfectly without having to hang!
One year we did contraction surgery! Students cut apart words (could not) and formed a contraction with an apostrophe. Of course, we used band aides for apostrophe to “tape” the word together correctly!
Other lesson Ideas:
Vowel (Word Work) Surgery: Set up words that have missing vowels. These words are “sick.” They need your help to get better and you must perform surgery immediately!! In your aluminum tray place different vowel cards. Students must use their tweezers to place the vowels in the correct place! You could really do this activity with ANY word sort (digraph surgery, silent e surgery, etc.!
Character Traits Surgery: Place different characters from your story on each surgical table. You can make/cut these “people” from butcher paper. Students must sort the character traits and glue them to the correct character. For upper elementary you can have them write their text evidence under each trait! How cool would it be to do a entire DAY of hospital transformation?! Go for word work —like the lesson above AND comprehension all in one day!
Grammar Surgery: Commas, pronouns, you name it.
OH! & of course your Doctors Office needs a waiting room right? Set up some books and waiting room sign for independent reading. 🙂
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