My class completed a Santa’s Workshop Classroom Transformation the week before Christmas! That final week of school, the kids are starting to get a bit antsy and I don’t do much new concept lessons. I like to focus on exciting activities that include spiral review and get kids to practice concepts without realizing their even learning. This Christmas classroom transformation was exactly what my class needed to keep them focused and engaged before our winter break!
This classroom transformation is SO much fun! It’s also really quite easy to set up at this point of the year, because the room is already decorated for Christmas. I added a few extra decorations like sign on my door, a Santa’s Workshop banner, and some directions on the board.
Theme: Santa’s Workshop Classroom Transformation
I like to put these directions under my document camera and project them on the Smart TV for kids to see while we’re playing. I also put on Christmas music in the background to set the scene and to get the kids in the holiday spirit while we complete the Christmas classroom transformation.
The cool thing about this math classroom transformation is that the kids aren’t completing challenges. Third graders are helping Santa put together puzzles to deliver on Christmas Eve! I let my kids work alone, in partners, or in small teams during this classroom transformation. It’s great to let kids choose what works best for their learning style. Make sure you set up expectations for how long something should take. We have a talk about choosing a good partner versus playing around with friends. Students know that if they don’t meet my expectations, the fun of completing the classroom transformation will be taken away.
I tell my class that they are elves in Santa’s Workshop! Santa needs help checking some presents before he delivers them on Christmas Eve. Students use their 3rd grade math skills to check each puzzle for Santa before he takes it out in his big present bag on his sleigh!
Students solve a math puzzle. Then, they get it checked by the teacher. My class also writes down on their recording sheet what the puzzle turned into upon completion!
After the kids put together each puzzle, I let my third graders go over to the “Coal or Present” box. Students pull out a piece of paper that will either have a piece of coal or a present on it. If it shows coal, they get a piece of chocolate coal. On the other hand, if they get a present, they get to put their name on a raffle ticket and could win a prize!
This picture that shows all ten puzzles when they are put together. My class gets to take home a peppermint pen when they have competed all ten puzzles!
You can check out this Santa’s Workshop classroom transformation HERE! It also aligns with many Common Core Math Standards.
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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