Contraction Surgery and Assembly Lines

Unfortunately, not everything could be taught Seuss style last week, so we actually had to do normal people “stuff” as well.  We have been reviewing contractions and really trying to nail down your/you’re and their/there/they’re. Last week, we were doctors in training with words as our patients. Contraction surgery has made it’s way into my plans for several years now and the kiddos always go crazy over it! This year was no exception. In fact, I even added some operating room sound effects and I am telling you what…I have NEVER seen the littles work so hard! They were all about being a surgeon. I have a few resources for contraction surgery in my Chocolate Fever Unit.

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That is some kind of fun! :)

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I can give myself absolutely zero credit for the next activity, but it was way too cute not to share. In social studies, we have been doing some project based learning as we study communities and economics. The kiddos have been hard at work completing interviews, studying the types of communities that surround our area {still working on the word rural – say that tens times fast}, learning all about goods and services, and designing their very own corporations {which they will advertise and sell to our firsties}. During this unit, the students have been learning about mass production in factories. My student teacher created a lesson that had the students creating a product with the use of an assembly line! Wait until you see what they created!

Are those not the cutest burgers you have ever laid eyes on? Here is how it happens…


The assembly lines are ready to go. 



First you take two Nilla Wafers (buns) and add a mini York Peppermint Pattie (burger). Next, spread on a little mustard (yellow icing).

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Add some ketchup (pink icing) and lettuce (green coconut). There you have it…a delicious burger…good enough to…




Assembly lines in action!


Such a great activity! I can’t wait to see their final projects next week!

Happy {almost} Wednesday!


  1. How cute! I love both activities :) Your kids are lucky!


    Fun in Room 4B

  2. I can't wait to try "Contraction Surgery" in a few weeks! What kind of sound effects do you use???

  3. Very cute.... Did they like the flavor?

  4. I love the assembly line idea. You're blog is awesome and I just passed on the One Lovely Blog award. Thanks for sharing everything you do.
    ✿Fun 2B in First✿

  5. Those hamburgers are adorable. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Love contraction surgery. That assembly line is awesome!
    Dragonflies in First

  8. I want to be in your class! It looks like so much fun! Thanks for the great ideas. Can I pin this?
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  9. Love it!! So much fun. I love cooking projects,
    but the assembly line makes it that much more exciting.
    Great idea. I am your newest follower:)


  10. I LOVE the surgery idea! How cute?!!

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