Last week, I did a coffee shop classroom transformation and it was so much fun (and super easy, which is always a plus!). My class was learning about multiplication patterns so I turned our room into a coffee shop for some hands-on learning. I’ve done this classroom transformation with 3rd and 4th graders.
So what do you do?? Have students pretend they are coffee shop owners and have them complete ten coffee challenges. Each one focuses on patterns in a different way to help kids get the ultimate multiplication patterns review. I like it because it focuses on practicing patterns in multiple ways like:
-figuring out the next numbers in a pattern
-figuring out a pattern’s rule
-filling in a function table
-filling in a multiplication table
-pattern error analysis
-noticing patterns when multiplying
-identifying what comes next in a growing pattern
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. I find that this classroom transformation works best with third or fourth grade students.
Theme: Coffee Shop Classroom Transformation
For this classroom transformation, my class didn’t dress up as anything. I did put on a green apron to set the scene as a coffee barista for them. They knew that if they finished all ten math challenges, they would get some “coffee” at the end.
First, I give each student a recording sheet so they can keep track of each math challenge as they complete it.
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 know that they have to come have 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.
When students have solved all ten math challenges, they win! I also have them complete 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.
Finally, I give out a prize at the end for completing all of the patterns 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 enjoy having those to show their parents at home.
You can check out this easy to prep coffee shop classroom transformation HERE! It also aligns with 3.OA.9.
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.
5th Grade Coffee Shop Classroom Transformation (COMING SOON!)
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