I am using a hospital theme this week to cover a whole bunch of outcomes - mainly reading, writing, and a whole slew of health. The health outcomes will be covered mainly through guided play - a group discussion and then "playing" doctor and having students advise their patients of ways they can stay healthy. I am doing my best for the rest of the year to teach my remaining outcomes through themes and play-based learning. I have a LOT of things to cover (in some ways, double what I should have to cover since I have a combined class!) and it seems to be the most efficient, engaging, and effective way. I did a little test drive with our family unit in Social Studies and I must say my grade ones learned a lot. I went even farther with our hospital unit and took advantage of March Break to actually turn our classroom into a hospital! It only took a couple of hours and cost me less than 15$. To build student excitement, over March Break I sent them each a postcard to say that we had been on vacation too long, and a whole bunch of words and sentences were sick! I asked them to bring any doctor supplies they had at home to school and to be prepared to make all our words feel better.
Here is a snippet of what my room currently looks like:
In my classroom, I have 4 tables, and zero desks. For this week, I pushed two tables together on either side of my room and covered them with white dollar store plastic table cloths (1$ each). These are our different "hospital rooms". Today they were part of the emergency department! When my students arrived this morning, there was material on the tables for every student to make a doctor kit out of a folded brown paper bag. I found the idea on Pinterest, HERE, and it was super simple! I only had to purchase the band-aids (at the dollar store for 2$ a box) - everything else I either already had or was donated.The handles are actually vinyl photo sleeves - I have about 500 of them and no idea what to do with them all! The original plan was to use fun foam for the handles, but I like how the photo sleeves turned out. I had bought a bunch of colored masking tape at Target's going-out-of-business sale and used that to tape the handles to either side of the bags.
I put all our chairs in the middle of the room, as you can see above, and put a clipboard, a pencil, a doctor name tag, and a "stethoscope" on each. This is where we have "medical school".
Here are some of our writing activities, a true/false hospital facts game, mini books, and new vocabulary words for the week. The game and the vocabulary cards should be printed in color, but of course I ran out of color ink over the weekend...oops! The mini book is for my grade ones (who are at grade level - I don't have any far above-level grade ones, as we planned when we selected the students to go in the combined class). In the future, I would like to make an emergent-reader for my primaries about hospitals as well, but it just didn't happen over March Break this year! All of the material in the above picture comes from my unit Tout au sujet des hôpitaux. You can grab it in my store by clicking on the image below! Any updates I make after this test run will be yours, as well.
A grade one outcome for us is to make "consignes" - ours will be posters of advice on how to stay healthy! We will integrate visual elements and be thinking about our audience when we make them.
For our word work activities this week, I will be pooling a couple different resources that are not hospital themed at all and telling my students that they are! For example, this morning we used a Freebie in my store that is actually Easter themed. Here it is if you want to grab it:
I cut out letters to a variety of high-frequency words (we did 3 or 4 letter words), popped the letters for each word into a plastic Easter egg, and pretended the eggs were ambulances, coming to the Emergency Department each with a patient that had to be put back together! 80 plastic eggs from Walmart cost me 6$, but I think I would have probably only needed one 40 pack instead of two. We had a few left over, but we saved them for centre time. It came up in our morning discussion that doctors can use special glue and/or stitches to put their patients back together if they have a deep cut, so we used our glue to put our words back together. I had made up a cute recording sheet with doctor clip art to use instead of the Easter one in the Freebie pack, but of course forgot to put it on my USB drive. Does anyone else use TpT like their own personal flash drive and forget to load things that aren't on TpT onto their actual flash drive?! So, I improvised. We just glued our words on strips of paper! It worked really well, but of course I forgot to take a picture. My students did this activity in partners, and had to work together and assign each partner to a job - because doctors work together to be more efficient and avoid mistakes! Here is a picture of the ambulance I drew on the eggs (each team only got one ambulance egg... after that, they had to use their imagination haha).
The other pictures are the game we will be playing tomorrow... some of our animal words are missing their beginning sounds! The colored version above I laminated and stuck velcro on. This will become part of our work work centres. Tomorrow, we will be using the black and white version in the pack along with the recording sheet to glue our poor words back together in our operating rooms. Wednesday, we will do the same game with ending sounds. We need a lot of practice with hearing ending sounds!! Both of these games are in my TpT store, and you can click the pictures below if you want to check them out!
On Friday, we will be using some of Lucy Su's scrambled sentences packs from her store, For French Immersion. I was so excited when she uploaded them - one less thing that I had to make for this week! Thank you, Teachers pay Teachers :). I will be using a combination from her Easter pack, Farm animals pack, and Spring pack. I love them because I can pick and choose sentences from each that are appropriate for my students' abilities and partner them up accordingly. Hello, differentiation! Again, the color versions will be laminated and velcro-ed (along with a laminated sentence strip for them to stick them to in the right order) for a literacy centre, and the black and white versions we will doctor up in our operating rooms. I can't wait to see them using clues like capital letters and punctuation to help them figure their sentences out!
Enjoy your week!! :)