Last year, I realized at the end of our unit on area and perimeter that my kiddos were on the rectilinear area struggle bus. Third grade math can be kind of crazy. One week, kids are learning how to find area by counting squares and a few weeks later, they are expected to find the rectilinear area of a shape. That’s pretty intense! I created this doctor classroom transformation to engage my kids and give them some extra practice with rectilinear area at the same time.
Any classroom transformation is going to take a little planning on the teacher’s part. The trick is to not let it overwhelm you. I print out my materials, grab anything extra I want to include (face mask, gloves) and give myself a time limit to set up the day of. I normally give myself 30 minutes to set up the room and whatever it looks like, that’s what my kiddos get. Everyone’s happy and I’m not stressed.
I put signs on the walls to get them excited as they enter the classroom.
Then, I put up a sign on the board to show we’re in an operating room.
Next, I put a recording sheet, gloves, and a face mask on their desk (I’ll explain the syringe highlighters later).
Finally, I put out the challenges around the room. I put up each poster and the challenge under each one. I find that 10 challenges is the perfect amount of work for my 3rd graders. It also allows me to provide them with variety.
Set the Scene
When my kids come in the room, I explain what we’re doing. Students need to get their work checked after each challenge and get their recording sheet signed. We also discuss rules and expectations so any unwanted behaviors don’t get in the way. I let my students work individually, in groups, or partners in this doctor classroom transformation. It’s a great way to check and see how they’re doing on the skills each time they come up to me to get their work checked.
The kids come and get their recording sheet signed by me after every challenge.
Doctor Classroom Transformation Finale
When students have finished all ten surgery challenges, I give them a highlighter that looks like a syringe as a prize! This helps keep them motivated and excited to play.
The great thing about this doctor classroom transformation is that it comes with an additional writing activity for fast finishers. Students scan each QR code around the room and learn about the different organs just like real surgeons!
You can check out this surgery classroom transformation HERE! It also aligns with 3.MD.7.
You may also find this post on Classroom Transformation Tips helpful. It lists my top 10 tips for making your classroom transformation easy and stress-free.
5th Grade Doctor Classroom Transformation (COMING SOON!)
Every Monday, I do a classroom transformation! I call them Monday Fundays! Follow me on Instagram to check them out