This is a fantastic math test prep classroom transformation before state testing in math. It reviews all common core math standards in a rigorous way. In this real world activity, students become paleontologists for a day where they can practice math and interact with dinosaurs at the same time!
DINOSAUR CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
I set up our classroom first. This is not necessary, but it did make the dinosaur classroom transformation more fun! I found some things on Amazon that made it look like our classroom was a part of the Jurassic Period. I found leaves to lay on the floor, hats for our dinosaur exploration, and a large graphic to hang on the wall, and dinosaur eggs too.
DINOSAUR CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Next, tell your class how this classroom transformation works. They have to find the ten challenges around the room and complete all twenty problems for them to win! This dinosaur classroom transformation is perfect for elementary students.
DINOSAUR CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
I checked and signed their recording sheet each time they finished a challenge to keep track of their work. The most exciting part of this classroom transformation for students is that they get to look for dinosaur fossils after they complete each math challenge. I put my dinosaur fossil papers in some buckets filled with rocks and sand. The kids sifted through the buckets to look for each dinosaur fossil they were looking for.
DINOSAUR CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
When students finished all ten math challenges, I rewarded them with a dinosaur egg from Amazon. The eggs crack open and grow dinosaurs when put in water. I have to admit that the kids went gaga over these things.
You can check out this Dinosaur Classroom 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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