Veterinary Clinic


Based on student interest or the inquiry focus of the class, students suggest to create a veterinary clinic for the dramatic play centre.


  1.  To co-construct the new dramatic play centre, the class discusses the resources that are needed to create a veterinary clinic. Some guiding questions may include:

    - “What do we find in a vet clinic?”
    - “What are some things we can make for our clinic?”

    During the lesson, the teacher may write down student ideas on the easel and model spelling strategies. For example, when writing down “posters” on the board the teacher would stretch out the letter sounds when spelling the word.  

  2. The teacher provides students with the materials and resources needed to create the clinic.For example students may create signs for the reception area or forms for the vet  to fill out.  During secondary discussions, the teacher and students discuss any changes and additions needed.

  3. During play, students take on various roles within the veterinary clinic: students wait with their “pets” in the waiting room, students act as the veterinarians using medical equipment, and students take on the role of receptionist by booking appointments for the animals.

  4.  Teacher provides guidance and extensions to the children’s play (e.g., introducing the concept of an x-ray machine, assisting students with research about x-ray machines on tablets, and providing the materials for children to build their own).

Suggested Resources:

Toy stethoscope, stuffed animals, informational animal books and posters, telephone, materials to build equipment (e.g., x-ray machines)

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