Oh no! The floor has turned into lava! Students have to tackle the lava in their classroom and solve math test prep challenges. This classroom transformation is great for math test prep because it reviews 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 room transformation is for you! Elementary students will embark upon a day of lava and volcanic math activities. Kids can work individually, in pairs, or in groups.
FLOOR IS LAVA CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
In this classroom transformation, the floor is lava! It’s based upon the classic game that we all play in our living rooms as kids. The point of this game is that the kids cannot touch the floor. I bought red tablecloths from the Dollar Store for cheap and completely covered the floor of my room with the red material. Then, I made a few islands (green tablecloths), volcanoes (black tablecloths), and printed out rocks from this room transformation that the kids could jump between. The rules were that the kids were allowed to walk only on the chairs around the room or the lava rocks to get from island to island and from challenge to challenge.
FLOOR IS LAVA CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Kids have to solve all of the challenges without touching the floor. They have to find all ten challenges that were around the classroom and answer each one. They used the recording sheet given to them to monitor their work in every challenge. Anytime a student accidentally stepped in lava or got a math problem wrong, they had to complete a ‘You Got Burned” paper which has 5 multiplication fact questions on it (or add/subtract facts for younger grade levels).
FLOOR IS LAVA CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
After that, they have their work checked and signed by the teacher. Once done with the challenges, the early finishers can go around the room and scan the QR codes on each poster. It’s an additional writing activity for students to learn fun facts about volcanoes. And as a reward for their hard work, I gave my students “lava” (red and orange slime) when they completed all ten challenges.
This math activity is perfect for elementary students of any age. No matter what grade level, all challenges align with what you’ve taught throughout the year in mathematics.
You can check out this Floor is Lava 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.