Surgery day in 3rd grade is truly one your students will never forget. The best part is they have this great memory, but the entire time they are working through truly rigorous material and don’t even realize it!
Why host a surgery day?
Hosting a surgery day is SO much fun! Plus, you can really make students work through rigorous material without them noticing. I also think that surgery day is one of the easier days to prepare for! You don’t have to go overboard to make it engaging! Plus, a lot of times if you contact your local hospital, they will donate items to make the day even more engaging!
What do you need for surgery day?
My particular surgery day focuses around reading. They are reviewing reading standards learned throughout the year. This would be a great test prep assignment!
- This packet here has all the print outs you need.
- Manila envelope with the x rays inside (inside the packet)
- Anything you want to do to decorate
That is seriously it! For me, I always contact our local hospital and almost always they donate something for the kids to wear. To decorate, I add blue paper from our school to the desks and let them make doctor tags. I also try to get a hospital employee of some sort to come and speak to the class at the end of the experience.
What are students learning during surgery day?
During this specific activity, the students are practicing all the reading skills that they learned throughout the year. During this practice, they are learning a lot about their bodies and the medical practice. The video below explains exactly how the day works.
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