A little caffeine mixed with math equals an exciting Coffee Shop Classroom Transformation! This transformation is a great way for students to practice math skills while having fun. Students will become coffee shop owners for the day as they solve 10 different challenges. This transformation covers all elementary grade levels and aligns with common core math standards.
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If you’re looking for a way to incorporate real-world math problems into the classroom, this transformation is a perfect fit! No matter which grade level you teach, the challenges deal with problems that could happen in a coffee shop. It’s fun, easy, and educational at the same time!
COFFEE SHOP CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
Before starting, I love to put up some extra decorations to help make it feel like a real coffee shop. I also put coffee cups on their desk I found at Walmart for kids to use as inspiration to complete all ten math challenges. The key is to set the scene to look like a coffee shop. I even put on a green apron to look like a barista.
I place ten posters and challenges around the room. The kids have to go to each “coffee mug” and complete the math challenge in that area. Students have to let me check their work for accuracy and to initial their recording sheet to ensure completion. This helps keep the students on track and lets me know how they are progressing during the coffee shop classroom transformation. I told the students that if they finished all ten math challenges, they could get some “coffee” at the end.
COFFEE SHOP CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
First, I explain the rules of the transformation to the students. By doing this, they know the expectations for the day and how much time they have to complete each challenge. Students must pretend to be coffee shop owners as they solve 10 different math challenges throughout the room, then have their work checked by me at the end.
The 10 challenges in this transformation vary with each grade level, but all have to do with real-world problems in the coffee shop. No matter how old the kid is, they love completing the coffee shop transformation!
COFFEE SHOP CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
When students have solved all ten math challenges, they win! For the early finishers, I include a QR Code writing activity where they go around and scan each QR code on each poster. They learn fun facts about coffee around the world to help them connect the classroom transformation to the real world. This really helps me with fast finishers and also incorporates writing into the activity.
COFFEE SHOP CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
Finally, I give out a prize at the end for completing all of the challenge papers! I let my class choose if they wanted a hot latte (hot chocolate) or iced latte (chocolate milk)! The kids also get to take home an official certificate stating they are a true coffee barista now! They love to show their parents what they did that day.
You can check out this easy to prep coffee shop 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.