We need a doctor, stat! Bring the operating room straight to the classroom with the Doctor Classroom Transformation, which allows students to become surgeons for the day as they solve math challenges. This activity lets elementary students practice math skills while having a blast pretending to be doctors. It’s a great way to incorporate fun into math. This transformation aligns with multiple common core math standards.
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If you’re looking for ways to incorporate real-world math into the classroom, this transformation is for you! No matter which grade level you teach, the challenges included in this transformation deal with real-world math in the doctor world.
DOCTOR CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
The first step is to transform your classroom to look like a hospital. 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, etc.), and start setting up my classroom. I normally give myself 30 minutes to set up the room. A few posters and decorations can get the kids excited for the day ahead.
I put signs on the walls to get them excited as they enter the classroom.
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 a poster and stick the challenge under each one. 10 challenges is just enough variety for the students, but not too much to overwhelm them.
DOCTOR CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
When my kids come into the room, I explain what we’re doing. They have to solve 10 math challenges within a certain time limit. Students need to get their work checked after each challenge and have the teacher sign their recording sheet. 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 in partners.
The kids come and get their recording sheets signed by me after every challenge. This is a great way for me to see how they’re doing with each math skill.
DOCTOR CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
When students have finished all ten surgery challenges, I give them a highlighter that looks like a syringe as a prize! This keeps them motivated and excited to play.
The great thing about this Doctor Classroom Transformation is that it comes with an additional writing activity for early finishers. Students scan each QR code around the room and learn about different organs, just like real surgeons!
You can check out this surgery classroom transformation HERE!
“Extras” certainly aren’t needed for room transformations, but they can be super fun if you want to include them! If you want to add any extras, you may like some of these ideas.
I also offer all room transformations in a DIGITAL format! This means students can complete the challenges on Google Slides if you’d like to save on paper. The QR codes/fun facts also come in a digital game format that students can complete and copy down online. You can learn more about how to do a digital room transformation here.
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.