I had a complicated relationship with the game of Operation as a child. It evoked a combination of excitement and fear each time I attempted to remove a "funatomy" body part without getting electrified. Nevertheless, there was a sense of relief and satisfaction every time I succeeded. When I spotted this childhood classic at a Goodwill store while on a weekend get away, there was a wave of nostalgia that flooded over me. Though the game was slightly anxiety producing, the memories I have are filled with joy and laughter.
I didn't purchase the game on my recent Goodwill adventure and I must have subconsciously regretted it, because my mind wouldn't let it go. The next day on my afternoon run, my mind start piecing together a collection of random thoughts that had been percolating in my brain.
Operation. Team Building. Reflection.
What if I could reimagine a version of this game for brick and mortar and remote learning?
What if each of the "funatomy" parts could symbolize a prompt to reflect on after a team building activity?
What if we could use some of the digital tools I love and the game board wasn't required to play?
My pace quickened on the last leg of my run, because I couldn't wait to get home and start creating. I've included my reimagined Operation game below to bring into either a brick and mortar or remote learning environment. Of course, the possibilities are endless! Come up with your own variations and share your ideas and game play pictures using the #MLmagical hashtag on social media!
Operation Reflection Game
This reflection activity is based off of the board game, Operation. Each “funatomy” part from the game has been transformed into a reflection card designed to help students process and debrief team activities experienced in your learning environment.
Brick & Mortar Learning:
Materials needed: Set of printed cards from Operation-Reflection Activity Google Slide Deck and a die for each team.
Do you happen to have an Operation game gathering dust in your game closet? Bring it into the classroom and include it in the game!
1. Bring the Operation game to the front of the room.
2. Once a student answers a "funatomy" prompt, they come up to the front of the room and attempt to remove it from Cavity Sam. If they remove it successfully without getting electrified, they get the points associated with the "funatomy" part for their team. Once it is removed, it is out of play.
Each team's points are tallied by teacher and the team with the most at end of the allotted time wins.
Remote Synchronous Learning:
Remote Asynchronous Learning:
In our current reality, synchronous learning isn't always possible. Do not worry! I created a Flipgrid version of Operation that is already set up and ready to share with your students! In this version, students will spin a wheel linked within the Flipgrid topic to select their "funatomy" part. They can add a screenshot of the wheel to bring into the Flipgrid or they could find an image that illustrated what they chose. In the video they will either respond to the prompt given or tap into their creativity and come up with their own metaphor. You also can customize the topic and come up with your own variation. Click the button below to access Operation in the Flipgrid library.
This game is not limited to classroom use. How could you use this reflection game in professional development or with staff? What other variation ideas do you have? Share on social media using #MLmagical and tag me @tishrich on Twitter and @makelearningmagical on instagram! We are better together!
Tech Integration Specialist in Southern Oregon and author of Make Learning Magical. I'm passionate about finding innovative ways to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in the classroom.