Grab your scrubs because it’s time to help save some sick pets! This veterinarian classroom transformation is great for teaching multi-step word problems! Every kid in my class got to become a veterinarian while practicing a difficult math concept at the same time!
So what do you do?? Have students pretend they are veterinarians and treat pet patients! Students complete 10 multi-step word problem challenges that are real-world themed.
Before starting, I love to put up some extra decorations to help make it feel like a real vet hospital. I found adorable dog balloons that look like real puppies on Amazon which I put around the room. I also put paw prints all over the floor and had my kids dress up as veterinarians.
Theme: Veterinarian Classroom Transformation
For this classroom transformation, my class dressed up in a scrub cap, gloves, and had a face mask!
First, I give each student a recording sheet so they can keep track of each math challenge as they complete it.
I place ten posters and challenges around the room. The kids have to go to each “pet” and complete the math challenge in that area. They are helping to cure the sick pet! They know that they have to come have me check their work for accuracy and to initial their recording sheet to ensure completion. This helps keep the students on track and lets me know how they are progressing.
When students have solved all ten math challenges, they win! I also have them complete a QR Code Writing activity where they go around and scan each QR code on each poster. They learn fun facts about animals and veterinarians to help them connect the classroom transformation to the real world. This really helps me with fast finishers and also incorporates writing into the activity.
Finally, I give out a prize at the end for completing all of the multi-step word problems! I found these awesome bone shaped pens on Amazon that my class got to take home. They LOVED them! The kids also get to take home an official certificate stating they are a true veterinarian now 🙂 They enjoy having those to show their parents at home.
You can check out this easy to prep classroom transformation HERE! It also aligns with 3.OA.8!
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.
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