Welcome to the candy shop! This classroom transformation is always a class favorite because what kid doesn’t like candy? If you’re looking for a great way to practice third grade math skills at the beginning of the year, this is the activity for you. Students practice rounding and pretend to be candy shop owners at the same time! It aligns with 3.NBT.1.
CANDY CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
To set the scene, I played Candy Shop music from YouTube on my laptop while the kids participated in the math challenges. It’s easy to find plenty of kid-friendly playlists already made for you that include a candy-theme. And, I also like to set up the classroom with candy signs and posters. I like to place giant blow-up pieces of candy around the room during this so students are excited when they walk in.
CANDY CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Students will act as a candy shop owner and solve all ten challenges. They have to find all the challenges that were left around the room and solve each one. To mark off each challenge they had finished, they use the recording sheet given to them.
CANDY CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
When you’re setting up this classroom transformation, put 10 bowls of candy at the front of your room with an estimation page in front of each one. After students complete each challenge, they get to go up to one bowl and make a guess of how much candy is in that bowl. When the day is over, I reveal how much candy was in each bowl. The kid who had the closest estimate won that bowl of candy. This was SO exciting for the kids and really helped them make the connection between rounding and real-life estimation.
CANDY CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
In addition, fast finishers can do the writing activity. They can scan the QR codes found in each poster and learn fun facts about candies. And, a certificate of completion is given after the students finished all the math challenges.
This classroom transformation is so easy to implement and helps students with mental math and estimation. If you wonder what skills are included in this classroom transformation, here’s what it contains:
-rounding to the nearest ten within 100
-rounding to the nearest ten within 1000
-estimation of real-world materials
-rounding to the nearest hundred within 1000
You can check out this Candy Classroom Transformation HERE!
You may also find this post on Classroom Transformation Tips helpful. It lists my top 10 tips for making your classroom transformation easy and stress-free.
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