I am teaching Veterinary Science for the first time and am looking for some activity ideas for students to learn/practice vet med terminology. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you,
I follow the workbook pretty closely.
I put all of the handouts in a packet, prefixes 1, Suffixes 1, Roots, 1, Prefixes 2, Suffixes 2, Roots 2, Common Abbriviations, and Latin Adjectives. This is then the students note packet for the unit.
I started with the rules of connecting the word parts. I have attached a powerpoint that shows that a little.
I teach about 2 sets a day, so for example prefixes 1 and suffixes 1. We just talked about them as a class, what do the students think they mean, what do they really mean. Then I left the students study on their own or with a partner for the rest of the period, using quizlet flashcards on the computer. Here is the link to my website, feel free to steal the links to my flashcards for your class. Detwiler, Ms. A / Vet Science I would also challenge the class to compete against one another for the "high score"
Then the next day as soon as they get to class, we take the word drills for the ones we learned the day before. I give them the student activities as homework, or classwork if they have time to complete them during their self study time. Then, gave the quizzes at the appropiate time. I used a dice activity to review for the quizzes. I have also attached it. There are also a few other documents I created in teaching this unit that I have attached.
I have 80 minute periods, and I really moved through the material. The students had to stay on top of things and do a little bit of studyign on their own. They also valued the study time they were given in class and really worked to learn the terms. I started this last Monday and they just took the exam yesterday, so it took me a little over a week. My kids didn't hate it. I don't think they would claim it was the most fun thing ever either, but they didn't hate it. They did pretty well on the exam as well, and we now use some of the terms as we move forward, or they will even come in and tell the class about a word they heard on TV that they were able to decifer.
I hope this helps!
Hi Michelle- Check out the Vet Science Workbook. That's where I get my terminology activities. A couple additional ideas that I've done is have some veterinary science magazines/articles and have students see how many "terms" they can find and define after getting a good familiarity with them. Also, I divided my class into 3 groups and each group focused on a different area: prefixes, suffixes and roots. They wrote their terms on note cards and then we created our own words to test out our knowledge.
Using the chapter 2; terminology section in the above post is an excellent resource.
I am going to try to use this website some next week, when I teach this chapter.
Vet science prefixes flashcard sets and study tools | Quizlet
I created a set for the prefixes- 1 which is the first set in the above post, and then realized that many others had created the same thing. So, if you search, you are likely to find sets for everything included in the chapter.
I am excited to try this new resource that I found, hope it helps!!
I am also teaching two Vterinary Assistant classes for the first time, and I am really struggling with teaching Terminology. I have looked at all of the materials in the workbook and used a couple, but I am still struggling. I also, gave students Veterinary Medical articles and had them find terms are identify the prefix, root, and suffix. I just don't feel like I am being very successful or the students are learnign anything. Any suggestions or advice, even just a break down of what you do in a typical class period when teaching this.
Thank you so much! This was extrememly helpful!
These are some great resources! For some reason I cannot get the dice activity to open. Would you be willing to send that to me? firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you. This was very helpful!!!
Have the students create BINGO boards to review the information.
I include directional terminology in this unit as well
A couple activities for the directional terms: have different types of fruit, have students "Decorate" them and give them a specific plane to cut through
Create paper mache animals (of the students choice) and have them label the planes and directional terms on
Years ago I had kids play Pictionary using the terms they struggled with. They really enjoyed it; unfortunately our limited time squeezed out this activity.
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