First of all, thank you for your interest!
This resource is a very engaging way to get in some writing and grammar practice that your students will truly enjoy. This is a wonderful way to review for the writing STAAR test or for writing and grammar review any time!
The directions are included and the activity is pretty self explanatory. You can choose to do this as a classroom transformation as big or little as you would like to.
When I did this with my students I ordered disposable surgical gowns, face masks, hair covers, and gloves from Amazon. I covered the tables in blue tablecloths that I purchased from The Dollar Tree. On each table I set up a “surgical tray” ( cookie sheet I bought from Walmart for 99 cents) with pencils, erasers, tape, glue, and scissors. I also included a Dr. name badge with their picture and names that I put in badge holders for each student on their trays to really make them feel professional. Before hand I had traced my son’s outline on brown butcher paper and used it to cut out a “patient” to give each team. This is where they will attach their organs as they earn them, they will also attach their conjunction sentences to the body as well. It worked best for us for them to have them lay the cutout across their tables that I had grouped.
I used blue file folders to put all of their directions and answers documents in so they could keep up with their materials. I printed and glued the included labels to the front. On my projector I had an enlarged picture of a hospital background displayed and played a heart monitor machine quietly beeping in the background from YouTube. I’ve also added student reflection cards so they can write about their experience and give you good honest feedback.
During the activity you will monitor and walk around as the Chief of Staff. Each time they complete a task you will check and provide feedback. If they are correct you will award them an organ and let them move on to the next task. I have included 5 tasks, but you can edit to add or remove however you would like. For the first comma task card activity I printed 2 sets, laminated them and placed them all around the room. The teams had to hunt them down and write the correct answers on their sheets. I had all of the students complete answer documents. For activity 5 Revise and Edit I printed off a released STAAR ( standardized test) revise and edit passage ( 1 passage per group, but questions for each student), with the questions and put it in their folders. I felt like this was a great way to also hit test prep and strategies.
This was by far my students favorite activity last year and they talked about it for weeks after! I hope your students enjoy it just as much!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to message me! Happy teaching!