The classroom was transformed into a veterinarian's office this week. The children had a bucket of animals to take care of and on other days they brought their own from home that were "sick". ;) We set up a table with all the necessary doctor equipment, had a desk with sign in sheets, phone and hours of operation and of course, a waiting room. :)
I had the opportunity to sit (gasp!) at a nearby table and observe and dictate the conversations between the receptionist, the patients and the doctors. Here is some of what I heard:
Reasons pets were seeing the doctor:
- Broken ear
- Bit by a rattlesnake
- He can't taste anymore
- His wing is broken because he was poked by a cactus
- His chin was broken on a sidewalk (eek!)
- He fell really hard and broke all his legs off. His heart is also coming a little off.
Phone conversation by a receptionist:
"...ya....ya...ya, ya, ya...oh, oh what happened?...ya..ya...ya... (this went on forever, then an abrupt BYE!)
- She has boogers in her lungs.
- She needs this medicine, it cures very well.
- I need to put these special glasses (3-D glasses) on so I can see exactly what the problem is.
|The receptionist desk. Waiting room is across the way.|
|Doctors office. We had band aids, surgery caps, tools and when they were done seeing the doctor, a sticker. :)|
We also made these:
|This is my attempt at making stethoscopes. Pipe cleaners and bottle caps.|
The afternoon class made great vet boxes to use at home. We decorated a shoebox with animals (cut from old ZooBooks magazines) and had a sign that read "Dr. (their name) 's Veterinarian Box.
I surprised them with goodies to put inside!
Exciting week! A lot of animals went home feeling much, much better. :)