Ho, ho, ho! The Christmas Classroom Transformation has arrived, bringing joy to all! This is a perfect activity to complete the week before Christmas. During that final week of school, the kids are starting to get antsy and it’s hard to do new concept lessons. The transformation includes spiral review and gets kids to practice concepts without realizing they’re even learning. This transformation was exactly what my class needed to keep them focused and engaged before our winter break. It aligns with multiple common core standards.
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If you’re looking for ways to incorporate real-world math into the classroom, this transformation is for you! No matter which grade level you teach, this classroom transformation is SO much fun to complete while also giving your kids an educational experience. It’s also really 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 a sign on my door, a Santa’s Workshop banner, and some directions on the board.
CHRISTMAS CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
If you haven’t already, set up your classroom to look like Christmas. Next, I like to put the transformation 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 transformation.
The cool thing about this math classroom transformation is that the kids aren’t completing challenges. Depending on the grade, kids either do math puzzles or color by number challenges. I let my kids work alone, in partners, or in small teams during this classroom transformation. You can let kids choose what works best for their learning style.
CHRISTMAS CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Next, make sure you explain your expectations for the transformation. 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. After that, 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 math skills to complete puzzles and color-by-numbers for Santa before he takes them away in his present bag on his sleigh!
Earlier grade levels will solve puzzles (as seen above) and color-by-number challenges, while older ones will complete the color-by-number challenges alone. No matter the challenge, every kid will have a blast throughout this transformation!
CHRISTMAS CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
Students will start solving math challenges and have their work checked by the teacher. They keep track of their work with a recording sheet, which only I am allowed to check off. This is a great way for me to see if students are struggling with certain concepts and what subjects they excel at.
CHRISTMAS CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
After the kids solve all the challenges, I let my students 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 have the chance to win a prize!
This picture shows all ten puzzles when they are put together. My class gets to take home a peppermint pen when they have completed all ten puzzles! Even a small prize motivates students to work hard before the holidays. You can be as creative as you want when giving out a prize.
You can check out this Santa’s Workshop classroom 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.