The second part of our topic work sessions for this week was dedicated to another group of community workers who help all those who have pets.
I am referring to the vets. The children were very enthusiastic about this topic as a good number of them do have pets or love some particular animal so they have experienced going to the vet themselves.
We mentioned that vets are special doctors who really love animals and just like we go to our doctor when we are sick or when we need to take an injection so do our animals.
Two stories were read in class which helped the children understand better what a vet does.
Paula the Vet by Julia Donaldson –
I chose this particular online version of this story with a young child reading, to help the children understand that when learning to read we pause to blend the letters together into words.
It is the time when the children will be able to read fluently without stopping just like teacher and mummy and daddy. There is another version with an adult reading the same book too.
I managed to squeeze in the second story called Zac the Vet. This is written by the same author Julia Donaldson. Unfortunately there isn’t an online version of this story.
However it is part of the reader rotation scheme that we are presently adopting in class. Some of the children have already taken it home to read with you. Others will receive it tomorrow since it is library day.
After each book we explored the qualities needed to be a vet such as loving and caring animals, being patient and very careful at all times during work.
Vets have to work long hours even possibly during the night too. They also use special cars or even an ambulance to transport any ill or injured animal. This service in Malta is called Ambuserv Animal Rescue Service. This is how their cars look like:
Our classroom changed into a pet clinic/hospital where the children role played being a vet. They cured all sorts of animals from dogs and cats to pigs, lions, bears, dinosaurs and more.
They used small bandages for broken or injured legs and arms, spoons for medicines, craft sticks for thermometers and injections and even little stethoscopes we made in class out of chenille sticks and foam circles to hear the heartbeat of each animal.
Some children preferred to be human doctors so they cured baby toys instead. Here is a quick snapshot of their role play 🙂
We also heard the following, Get Your Pet to the Vet Song –
This was the ground work for the first letter of the week v-vet. More information is found in the literacy section.