Get ready to say, “Aloha!” because you can bring Hawaii right to your classroom with the Hawaii Classroom Transformation. A little sun and relaxation are just what we need at the end of the year. In this real-world activity, students practice all of the standards they’ve learned before test day. They’ll get to experience Hawaii as they complete all math challenges. My class learned so much while having fun at the same time! This is the perfect end-of-year math activity for test prep or review during the last few weeks of school. It covers multiple common core math standards.
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HAWAII CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
First, I lay out my classroom. Dollar Tree tablecloths are awesome for classroom transformations. I put a lot of blue and green tablecloths on the floor during this Hawaiian classroom transformation to set the scene. It made the room look tropical and like an ocean was nearby.
During the summer, you can get a lot of tropical decorations for classroom transformations as well. I got my Hawaiian posters, decorations, and door decor all at Dollar Tree for under ten dollars. I’ll be able to use it over and over again for years to come. Dollar Tree also had some blow-up tropical animals that I was able to place around the classroom during our math block. Amazon also has great decorations!
In addition to that, I play music to keep the Hawaiian vibe. It’s very easy to find tropical music to play in your classroom on your Smart TV or Smartboard while completing this transformation.
HAWAII CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Next, I explain to my students that in this classroom transformation, we are pretending to go on a vacation. My class wore leis as they completed this Hawaii Classroom Transformation to set the scene. In order to complete this activity, students have to solve ten challenges that align with math standards. You can decide whether your students work individually, in pairs, or in groups.
HAWAII CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
Every student has a recording sheet. I get it checked and signed. Students who finish the challenges early can do the writing activity. They look for the QR code in each poster around the classroom and scan it. With that, they learn fun facts about Hawaii. Also, I gave out special treats to my students for a job well done. I found adorable Hawaiian pens on Amazon, which I gave to my class as a reward for finishing all ten math challenges.
This is a great classroom transformation to prepare for standardized testing because summer is coming and the Hawaiian atmosphere gets kids excited for summer while practicing math standards at the same time.
You can check out this easy to prep Hawaii 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.