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Prefix Patients




Are you looking for a way engage students in content?! Why not let them be doctors?!

This is one of my favorite classroom transformations!  Prefix patients gives students a chance to communicate and practice the meaning of prefixes to make words with self checking patient charts!


FIRST - students work with partners and get a patient they must help.  One student is the doctor and one the assistant.  The doctor reads the first ailment - "broken jaw" (see above)


SECOND - the assistant goes to the injuries pages posted around the room. In light boxes if you want the "xray look"  He or she uses the clues under the broken jaw and goes to the prefix and root words below to figure out what word matches. 

The words for all the ailments fit in a paragraph on the patient chart that the student can check to see if they make sense and if they made the words properly.

Then they switch for the 2nd patient.  This could easily be one with 1 student at a time. I just only have enough gowns for half my class so we work together and switch. 




This is so easy to pull off: 

- sheet trays!
- gloves and masks from our school nurse (or ask a local doctor to donate)
- goggles (our science closet)
-gowns (donated from a doctor office that I use yearly)
- I bring in tweezers and sanitizer and stethoscope from school or my house

Check out what is included below: 

- patient chart covers
-doctor badges 
- diplomas!






Sound Pages and Ideas

We love studying sound!  Here are some resources I found especially helpful and fun to use:

These sound cards -we worked in research pairs to present on these topics!

this link talks about the amazing things sound can do!!



The flocabulary video is AMAZING!!!! A fantastic resource.


This website has great test sounds for sound waves when explaining some great deductions can be made!



We eat IRON?!

We eat IRON?!

My students loved this experiment and it could be used for a variety of principles.  We used it while talking about separating mixtures using magnetism.

It could easily be tied to elements,  compounds,  mixtures and solutions (and separating them) or even digesting food and how the body needs and processes iron!

We had some great printables I used - found here.


The video was how I introduced the experiment - more for the procedure aspect so they knew how to swirl properly.



We tried different cereals we brought in and made hypothesis based on the amount of iron listed on the box.  Obviously iron fortified cereals work well but shredded wheat was our #1 so it was pretty interesting.

Here are some of the cereals we tried:




After adding the water - here's what it looked like.  We talked about why the water was needed and what it helped the mixture do. 




Trying to find Iron!  Using magnet wands!

They loved this part - we were only able to find iron in certain cereals that had 50% more of daily iron intake but still a great lesson and fun to use cereals we had!


It is SO HARD to see but scroll down to see one of our best pictures!  Even though we didn't find a ton it was clearly iron and following the magnet- from our cereal!!



I love how the papers we used (linked earlier) had a great explanation of how and why our body uses iron!  this was a really fun learning experience that my students got a lot out of!








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