When the leaves turn red and squirrels start running around, you know it’s time to break out the Fall Classroom Transformation! This room transformation is perfect for a fall review of the math concepts you’ve taught earlier in the year. I used it right after we came back from a fall break to see what my class needed more practice with. Another great time of year to do this math activity is the first day of fall. This transformation aligns with common core math standards.
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If you’re looking for ways to make learning more engaging for your class, this is the activity for you! Kids will spend the day as a squirrel while practicing important math concepts at the same time. This was great for practice for my third graders. Below are my ideas for how to implement this classroom transformation.
FALL CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
First, organize and decorate your classroom. I used fall-themed decorations for this transformation. Dollar Tree has some great decorations in the fall that are cheap and easy to put up. I found fake leaves and scattered them on the floor for students to admire while they completed the math challenges.
FALL CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Next, I tell my students that they are squirrels today and will complete ten challenges. They need to find and complete all the challenges placed around the room. These challenges focus on math skills that are grade-appropriate.
Teacher Tip: I laminated all of the challenges so that I could save on paper and reuse them again next year.
FALL CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
After that, I gave each student a recording sheet to keep track of the challenges they finished. Once I checked and signed each box, the student would move onto the next math challenge. When students finished all ten math challenges, they moved onto the early-finishers activity. In this activity, students scanned the QR code on each poster scattered around the room. It’s a writing activity for students to learn fun facts about fall.
Lastly, as a reward at the end, any student who completed all ten math challenges received a cupcake with a gummy leaf on top! These were super cheap and only a few dollars at Walmart. Other teachers have given out different prizes like dojo points, fall-themed erasers, and more!
You can check out this easy to prep Fall 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.