Doctor's Office


Based on student interest or the inquiry focus of the class on the human body, students suggest to create a doctor’s office for as the dramatic play centre.


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

    - “What are some things that a doctor may use?”
    - “What are some signs we see at a doctor’s office?”
    - “Who are some people that work at a doctor’s office? What do they use to do their job?”

    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 patient/doctor 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 doctor’s clinic such as the doctor, nurse, patient, receptionist and act out their own scenarios.

  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:

Materials to create signs and labels, student-sized tables and chairs, cash register, kitchen set, tissues, doll bed, dolls

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