Grab your hat because it’s Farmer Day in this fun Farmer Classroom Transformation! This classroom transformation is perfect for students who are just learning about identifying fractions. Each child got a cowboy hat and a bandanna to set the scene while learning. It was a really exciting day and I can tell that the kids learned a lot. I have used this in both third and fourth grade classrooms.
If you’re looking for ways to make more meaningful connections to math in the real world, this is the activity for you. Students will embark upon an farm trip where they have to solve 10 fraction activities that are challenges that relate directly to math in the real world. Students identify fractions that could happen on a farm as they take on the role as a farmer. It aligns with 3.NF.1 and 3.G.2.
Farmer Classroom Transformation Step 1:
The first thing you need to do is set up your classroom to look like a farm. I provide printables for you to use in this Classroom Transformation. There’s a banner for the board (as shown in the picture) and posters to hang up around your room. Additionally, I also give you other tips on how you can set up your room to engage students and help make the day as fun as possible. Don’t forget to make sure to give yourself time to set up the room before school/during your lunch period so you can make the most of your time with students. Also, directions for set up are included.
Farmer Classroom Transformation Step 2:
Next, I think that is really important is talking to your students before you begin the classroom transformation about your rules and expectations. Before we start, I give my students directions of how they are supposed to behave, how they will work (individually, in partners, in pairs), and set up rules of how long they have till they finish. This helps because I find that when I do this before we start, our classroom transformations go a lot smoother. 3rd and 4th graders do well when you tell them exactly what you expect of them.
Farmer Classroom Transformation Step 3:
In each of my classroom transformations, students have to solve 10 math challenges. This one focuses on fractions, so as a result, there is a lot of hands-on learning involved. The kids get a recording sheet and each time that they solve a challenge, they get it checked by the teacher.
Farmer Classroom Transformation Step 4:
If it’s correct, I’ll sign their recording sheet. If not, they have to go try it again. After kids solve all ten challenges posted around the room, they earn a small prize. For this activity, I like to give them a farm animal eraser as a congratulatory gift for working so hard.
Farmer Classroom Transformation Step 5:
Finally, when students finish all ten challenges, I have them scan the QR codes that are around the room. Each QR code tells the kids a fun fact about farms, farming, or animals on the farm. It’s a great way for fast finishers or students who need some extra enrichment to get the support they need. This makes the farmer classroom transformation differentiated for all student needs.
As a teacher, I like to know what exact skills are included. Here’s what this Farmer Classroom Transformation contains:
-Fractions Using Fraction Strips
-Identify the Shaded Part of the Fraction
-Identify Unshaded Part of the Fraction
-Fractions in Word Form
-Identify Incorrectly Partitioned Fractions
You can check out this easy to prep Farmer 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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