Friday, September 26, 2014

Grammar ER Activity 2014

A couple of years ago, I transformed my classroom into an Emergency Room for a grammar lesson, and the students operated on "sick" sentences.  I decided to bring this activity back, and it was a huge success!  The students took it seriously and were so engaged!  This was a culminating activity for what we've been learning about in grammar, and I used it as a formative assessment.  The students had to identify vocabulary; use correct punctuation for various types of sentences; recognize synonyms/antonyms, types of analogies, nouns, etc.  They did this using their own unique "patient."  Click the link above for more info on this activity. 

This assessment was fun for the children, and I now have a better idea of what the students are understanding and what I need to reteach.

Without further ado, here are the pictures from today's "surgery:"
I set up the classroom while the students were at P.E.
Prepping for surgery: 
I had "hospital sounds" playing in the background while the students prepped.  I had the sound of a beating heart playing while they worked.
This year, I had the students use tape instead of glue.  This seemed to work a little better, though some of the students had a tough time with the tape.  The glue, however, was very sticky and made the papers soggy last time.  If/when I do the activity again, I'll stick with tape.
The children even stayed focused when we had a friendly visit from the administrators.
These kids were completely engaged!
"Is he going to make it?!" 
Whew!  We were all so happy that the surgeries were successful!