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This post is 2 weeks late being delivered, but I promise it's worth waiting for. My kiddos LOVED this unit! The best part about it was that we were able to talk about sensitive subjects in a way that was fun and memorable. Everyone, including myself, has gained a deeper appreciation for our local pharmacists.
While planning this unit, I went to our local pharmacy to ask questions. I was so surprised by some of the answers I received. It turns out my uninformed opinions of pharmacists aren't quite accurate. After receiving answers to numerous questions, the pharmacist gave me all sorts of goodies to use in our unit. They are all included in this post. Moving on to activities...
Pharmacist Questions & Answers
When I think of a pharmacist I think of counting pills. The pharmacist I spoke with stated that she spends most of her day on the phone with doctors, patients, and insurance companies, or with patients counseling them about their medications. It was very eye opening to think about all the social skills a pharmacist must acquire to do their job well.
In this activity the kiddos will match the question and answer cards. A matching picture on each card is used as a control.
Source: I created the cards for this activity as part of my Pharmacy Unit Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
Pharmacy Themed Multiplication
I have to share something I learned while putting these unit activities together! Notice my pill bottles are completely free of adhesive labels? Well, these were actually my kiddos' prescription medication bottles. It turns out that soaking them in some vinegar and canola oil, or just coating them with canola oil and letting them set for a few minutes, removes all of that sticky adhesive. If it doesn't the first time around, it's guaranteed the second time around. Do you realize what this means? There are so many container possibilities now without having to worry about all of that adhesive?
Source: I created the free printable for this activity as part of my Pharmacy Unit Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
Measuring Liquid Medications
The kiddos pick a measurement card. They must determine which dropper, syringe, or cup is needed to measure out the proper liquid amount. Then they measure out the liquid and pour it into the glass cup provided. The liquid for this activity is water. The medicine bottle, cups, syringes, and dropper were given to me by the pharmacist.
Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Pharmacy Unit Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
Pick a Flavor
The pharmacist gave me this cute card that's used when picking out a flavor for liquid medications. I knew the kiddos would have a blast mixing colors to make the right flavor. Though a medicine bottle is shown in the picture, we did switch it out for a plate with several different sections so the kiddos could mix a variety of flavors. I'm so impressed with how well my kiddos mix and create colors.
Pharmacy Sensory Bin
I'm not quite sure what's coming next as far as units go, but I promise it will be fun! We've been taking a little break from learning time units due to some transitions in our home and also some complications with Sunshine's special needs. Rest assured we'll be back in full swing in a couple of weeks, if not sooner!
For those interested in the printables, click on the link below!
I hope you're having a fabulous day!