Grab your hat and roll up your sleeves because the Farmer Classroom Transformation is here! This classroom transformation is perfect for elementary students to practice their math skills. Each child gets a cowboy hat and a bandana to set the farmer theme. This makes the day exciting and learning more fun for kids. The transformation aligns with common core math standards.
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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 a day at the farm where they have to solve 10 challenges that relate directly to math in the real world. Students solve math problems that could happen on a farm as they pretend to be farmers.
FARMER CLASS 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 above) and posters to hang up around your room. Additionally, I include other tips on how you can set up your room to engage students and make the day as fun as possible. Don’t forget to give yourself time to set up the room before school or during your lunch period so you can make the most of your time with students. Directions for setup are included!
FARMER CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Next, you should tell your students that they are about to spend the day on the farm. You should take this time to explain your rules and expectations. I give my students directions on how they are supposed to behave, how they will work (individually, in partners, in groups), and how long they have till they finish. When I do this before we start, our classroom transformations go a lot smoother.
FARMER CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
In each of my classroom transformations, students have to solve 10 math challenges. While the math skills vary per grade level, they all have to deal with farming questions. The kids get a recording sheet to keep track of the challenges they’ve completed, which is later checked by the teacher.
FARMER CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
If a student’s work is correct, the teacher signs their recording sheet. If not, the student has 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. Even a tiny trinket will motivate a student to do their best.
FARMER CLASS 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 activity for early finishers or students who need some extra enrichment. This makes the farmer classroom transformation differentiated for all student needs.
No matter what grade level you’re teaching, the Farmer Room Transformation is always fun! Giving a student a little excitement while completing math can make a world of difference.
You can check out this easy to prep Farmer 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.