Do you want to turn an ordinary day at school into an exciting fire-fighter-themed math challenge? If that sounds fun, then try this awesome math activity with your kids! This firefighter classroom transformation allows students to experience firefighter training while practicing their math skills. It aligns with common core standards.
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This transformation was so fun to set up! I added posters to the wall telling students firefighters were needed, put out firefighter gear, and gave every student a firefighter hat to wear. Here’s my guide on how this classroom transformation works.
FIREFIGHTER CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
The first step is to set the scene to a firefighter theme. I found a lot of extra materials lying around my house. In fact, I used a ski jacket as a fireman jacket kids could dress up in one if they got the right chance card (chance cards explained below)! I used my garden hose for the chance card that says “unravel the fireman’s hose” and used a baby doll from my storage locker for the “save the baby” challenge.
FIREFIGHTER CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
The second step is to tell your class that they are going to be firefighters. To set the scene, I bought “fire” pop-ups on Amazon to put around the classroom. These represented the ten fires that students had to put out. Next to each fire was a math challenge activity that they had to solve! These challenges practice skills we’re working on in class.
FIREFIGHTER CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
Next, when each student finished a math challenge, they had to pull out a chance card. The chance card may have told them to “save the baby” (save the baby doll from a dangerous spot in our classroom), “save the cat” (use a step stool to rescue a cat from the wall), “put on fireman’s gear” (put on the ski suit, gloves, and a fire hat in 60 seconds or less), or “unravel the fireman’s hose” (unravel a garden hose).
FIREFIGHTER CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
Lastly, students who finished with the challenges quickly could hunt down the QR codes on each poster around the room, which taught them additional fun facts about firefighters. And when students finished all ten challenges, they earned dojo points. However, feel free to be as creative as you’d like here! I have seen other teachers give out spicy candy (“hot candy”, get it?), firefighter pencils, and many other prizes for completion.
“Extras” are not needed during room transformations, but they can add some extra “pizazz” when you’re up for it! Here’s some ideas of “extras” you could use for your classroom transformation!
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.