Yesterday afternoon, my CT and I placed white butch paper on the tables to sterilized the operating tables. We then set our all of the operating supplies – glue stick, scissors, band-aids, 5 contractions, and a booklet. Plus, a parent who is a doctor donated masks and gloves.
When our friends walked in, they were shocked and SO excited. The room was a buzz, and all my CT and I said was, “We do not want to contaminate the operating field. Please sit on the carpet and enjoy Browsing Box this morning [in replace of morning work].” It was so much fun to watch their faces while we waited. J
Once we explained what was happening, each friend was given a doctor’s badge and told to put on his/her gloves and mask. The gloves were a StRuGlE for them and hilarious for us. Totally worth it.
Our friends were SO serious while operating on their contractions. At one point, I overheard a friend say “I’m in a rush.” to which his shoulder partner responded, “What are your trying to do? Kill the patient!?!” hehehe. I LOVE the ‘buy-in’ factor of firsties! Another sweet friend was having difficulty opening her contraction booklet with her gloves on, stared intently at her booklet, and commanded, “Be still. I’m a doctor.”
We, my CT and I, were scrub nurses for the morning. We brought new band aids, repaired broken contractions [i.e. met individually with struggling contraction surgeons], and most importantly unstuck band aids from gloves J Plus, we got many laughs and fun photos throughout the hour. At one point while we were laughing, a friend said “This is a lot harder than you think…” Like I’ve always said, 1st grade is rough!
We assessed contractions during reading centers, and I am SO happy to say that our friends ‘got it!’ It was such a fun and simple way to made something that can be so difficult easy. Plus, one little girl came up to me during surgery and giggled, “We’re actually having fun and learning!” How can you beat that?
So, stop by Christie’s blog First Grade Fever or her TPT store and check out Contraction Surgery. For only $2.50, it’s a steal!
Happy soon-to-be Friday,