Monday, January 31, 2011

Contraction Surgery

During our study of contractions, my students performed Word Surgery.  First we dressed the part with our masks and gloves.  They gathered tools such as scalpel (scissors), stitches (tape), and bandages (Band-Aids).  Each team assisted each other during surgery.  They cut off the letters they didn't need and bandaged them back together with Band-Aids and tape.  I wanted them to always remember how to form a contraction.  They had a lot of fun doing it.  They were very excited to take home their surgery gear.  I even overhead one of my students saying they were going to make their own word cards and try it again at home!  



























28 comments:

  1. Love this activity. I just did it yesterday! :)

    Tanya
    *www.lewislearninglibrary.blogspot.com

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  2. Can't wait to try this! Thinking about doing it for an observation!

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  3. I LOVE this idea!! Will try it next week!!

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  4. Precious! I can't wait to try it!!!

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  5. Love this idea. Do you know of an inexpensive place to buy the cute band-aids (instead of the boring, regular ones)? Thanks.

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  6. I love reading everyone's comments:) Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I have created a Contraction Surgery file and listed it on Teacher's Notebook - hopefully it will save you time from writing/typing/cutting those words!

    Check it out:
    http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/dmlp/contraction-surgery

    Dawn

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  8. Where did you get your surgery masks and gloves? I'm planning it for next week, but don't want to spend a fortune on those supplies! :D

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  9. Hi Kristy... I got the gloves and masks cheap at Walmart - masks were about 2.50 for twenty. I also got some at the dollar store 12 for a dollar. My dollar store also had neon band aids 40 for a dollar. I went through three boxes.

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  10. Thank you so much!!! Can't wait to do this activity!

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  11. Adorei a ideia. Sou professora aqui no Brasil. Nossas aulas começam em fevereiro e com certeza usarei sua ideia. Em breve farei um blog e volto para te mostrar.

    Renata Garcia

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  12. I love this idea!! I am definitely going to do this with my first graders!!

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  13. SO cute! I'm going to try this next week. Great idea.

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  14. Reading first grade parade blog and came across your name. Doing contraction surgery tomorrow. Small world. Good to see you sharing ideas. Will be borrowing. Take care.
    Allison Robinson Jordan

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  15. I am a student teacher in a split first and second grade classroom. I am so excited to share this activity with my kids! Thanks for the super creative idea!

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  16. This is such a great idea. I bet your kids will remember about contractions for a long time to come!
    I can't wait to do this with my class!


    Jane
    The Learning Curve

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  17. Loved, loved, loved this activity! Thanks so much for the idea! Check out my blog posting about it here: http://mrsfarmers2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2012/03/surgery-went-well-no-complications.html

    Thanks again,
    Elizabeth
    www.mrsfarmers2ndgrade.blogspot.com

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  18. Is there anything to download? (words)

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    1. I have a file listed at my teachers notebook shop. If you scroll up there is a link in this comment section. Thanks:)

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  19. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing! We are your newest followers! Teaching Little Miracles

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  20. What a great way to get kids interested and so involved :)
    ☼Libby
    First Grade Dual

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  21. I absolutely LOVE this idea! The kids will definitely remember it!

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  22. I did this last year and my kids loved it! We'll be doing this again tomorrow. They are excited about it!

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