If you’re looking for a sweet surprise for your classroom, the Candy Shop Classroom Transformation is perfect for you! This transformation is always a class favorite because what kid doesn’t like candy? If you’re looking for a great way to practice math skills at the beginning of the year, this is the activity for you. Students practice math and pretend to be candy shop owners at the same time! It aligns with common core math standards.
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CANDY CLASS 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 so students are excited when they walk in.
CANDY CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Students will pretend to be candy shop owners and solve all ten challenges. They have to find all the challenges that were left around the room and solve each one. They are each given a recording sheet to keep track of which challenges they have completed, which are checked by the teacher.
CANDY CLASS 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 even involved rounding and estimation math skills.
CANDY CLASS 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. 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. While the skills vary per grade level, students have a blast in the candy shop no matter what they’re learning about.
You can check out this Candy Class Transformation HERE!
“Extras” certainly aren’t needed for room transformations, but they can be super fun if you want to include them! If you want to add any extras, you may like some of these ideas.
I also offer all room transformations in a DIGITAL format! This means students can complete the challenges on Google Slides if you’d like to save on paper. The QR codes/fun facts also come in a digital game format that students can complete and copy down online. You can learn more about how to do a digital room 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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