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Vet Day– A classroom “flip” in a kindergarten classroom
30 Sep, 2017. 1 Comment. A Day In First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Language, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Science, Kindergarten Social Studies, Preschool, Reggio Inspired, STEM. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Vet Day in a kindergarten classroom

The past few weeks we have been learning about our community and community helpers. On Thursday, I transformed our classroom into a veterinarian’s office and had each of my students bring in a stuffed animal. When my students walked in, they were greeted with a variety of stations that they would take their pets to throughout the morning.

The first station was a weighing station. At this station, students needed to find out how many cubes their animals weighed.

Vet Day-- A classroom "flip" in a kindergarten classroom

There also was a measuring station. At this station, students measured how long and how wide their animals were using standard and non-standard units of measurement.

this teacher transformed her classroom into a vet's office while studying community helpers

There also was a “check up” station. At this station, students signed their animals in for the day, gave them a treat, and then got to work diagnosing their furry friends.

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There also was an x-ray station.

this teacher transformed her classroom into a vet's office while studying community helpers

To begin our day, we read the book, “What Pet Should I Get?” and students responded to the book by making either a fish, cat, or dog out of paper plates.

students painting paper plates to respond to the book, "What Pet Should I Get?"

First, they painted their plates and then added details using construction paper.

Kindergarten students respond to the book, "What Pet Should I Get?" by making paper plate animals. Kindergarten students respond to the book, "What Pet Should I Get?" by making paper plate animals. Kindergarten students respond to the book, "What Pet Should I Get?" by making paper plate animals.

After recess, we put on our lab coats (I added Dr. ____ and a pet paw to each shirt for my students) and got into groups to head to each station. I set up a rotation chart and each group rotated through 6 stations over the course of the morning. (Rotations were 13 minutes each with a 2 minute clean up time in between each rotation.)

Students at my station worked on decomposing numbers using number bonds and dog treats. They chose their favorite animal card and counted the dots on their ten frame. Then they gathered the correct number of dog treats and practiced decomposing their number.

During a "vet day" in kindergarten, students worked on decomposing numbers using number bonds and dog treats. They chose their favorite animal card and counted the dots on their ten frame. Then they gathered the correct number of dog treats and practiced decomposing their number.

During a "vet day" in kindergarten, students worked on decomposing numbers using number bonds and dog treats. They chose their favorite animal card and counted the dots on their ten frame. Then they gathered the correct number of dog treats and practiced decomposing their number.

They worked so hard at this center!

During a "vet day" in kindergarten, students worked on decomposing numbers using number bonds and dog treats. They chose their favorite animal card and counted the dots on their ten frame. Then they gathered the correct number of dog treats and practiced decomposing their number. During a "vet day" in kindergarten, students worked on decomposing numbers using number bonds and dog treats. They chose their favorite animal card and counted the dots on their ten frame. Then they gathered the correct number of dog treats and practiced decomposing their number. During a "vet day" in kindergarten, students worked on decomposing numbers using number bonds and dog treats. They chose their favorite animal card and counted the dots on their ten frame. Then they gathered the correct number of dog treats and practiced decomposing their number. During a "vet day" in kindergarten, students worked on decomposing numbers using number bonds and dog treats. They chose their favorite animal card and counted the dots on their ten frame. Then they gathered the correct number of dog treats and practiced decomposing their number.
At our “Hunt the Room” center, students were on the hunt for animal cards. At this center students worked on reading and writing their sight words as well as listening for the sounds that they hear in words.

At our "Hunt the Room" center, students were on the hunt for animal cards. At this center students worked on reading and writing their sight words as well as listening for the sounds that they hear in words.

When they found a card, they traced on their recording sheet, “I see a” and then sounded out each animal that they found.

Another center was matching dog bones together. Each dog bone had a letter on it and a corresponding picture on the opposite side of the bone. (I cut them into puzzle pieces.)

Students matching dog bones together. Each dog bone had a letter on it and a corresponding picture on the opposite side of the bone. (I cut them into puzzle pieces.)

At the X-ray station, students loved matching the x-rays to the animal cards.

During "vet day" in a kindergarten classroom, students loved matching the x-rays to the animal cards. During "vet day" in a kindergarten classroom, students loved matching the x-rays to the animal cards.

At the measuring and weighing stations, students carefully practiced counting, 1-1 correspondence, measuring, and writing numbers!

At the measuring and weighing stations, students carefully practiced counting, 1-1 correspondence, measuring, and writing numbers! At the measuring and weighing stations, students carefully practiced counting, 1-1 correspondence, measuring, and writing numbers! At the measuring and weighing stations, students carefully practiced counting, 1-1 correspondence, measuring, and writing numbers!

And my students LOVED “doctoring” their animals at the dramatic play center.

Kindergarten students playing in a veterinarian dramatic play center
Kindergarten students playing in a veterinarian dramatic play center Kindergarten students playing in a veterinarian dramatic play center

At the end of the day, when our animals from our “What Pet Should I Get?” were dry, we created a LARGE pictograph on the floor using the plates and then filled out a bar graph to show which pets we liked best!

At the end of the day, when our animals from our "What Pet Should I Get?" were dry, we created a LARGE pictograph on the floor using the plates and then filled out a bar graph to show which pets we liked best! At the end of the day, when our animals from our "What Pet Should I Get?" were dry, we created a LARGE pictograph on the floor using the plates and then filled out a bar graph to show which pets we liked best!

My students LOVED our vet day and it was so very easy to set up and run. Without spending a lot of money, my students enjoyed SUCH a fun day and left with HUGE smiles on their faces.

Kindergarten students at the end of their veterinarian day!

 

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  1. This looks like so much fun! Can I purchase the packet? I would love to do this with my students next week. Thank you! Christine

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  • This looks like so much fun! Can I purchase the packet? I would love to do this with my students next week. Thank you! Christine

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