Do you want to spend the day as a realtor around the neighborhood, while simultaneously teaching your students math skills? If so, this neighborhood classroom transformation is for you! Classroom transformations are a popular trend among teachers. It maximizes student engagement and keeps it fun for the teacher as well. In this transformation, students practice math skills aligned with common core standards.
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NEIGHBORHOOD CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
To get my students excited for this transformation, I made my classroom look like a neighborhood! It was very simple because I mostly just used butcher paper from the teacher lounge. I took butcher paper and cut it in half. Then, I used a piece of chalk to make dashed lines on it to look like road lines. Finally, I created a neighborhood with roads going around my classroom. Each math challenge had an address and I created road signs that went with each road. All of the posters, math challenges, road signs, and more are included in this classroom transformation.
I also found miniature road signs on Amazon that I added to each road to make it look real and even bought a “for sale” sign to hang on my classroom door. The kids found this adorable.
NEIGHBORHOOD CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Students pretended to be realtors and had to solve ten math challenges in order to win. Whenever someone sells a house, they have a flyer showing potential buyers what is included in that house. I made a flyer for each house with the price and features included, which excited my students.
Students carried their recording sheets around with them as they solved each challenge. When they finished one challenge, they would get their recording sheet checked and signed. As a reward for finishing all ten math challenges, I gave my students a lock with a key I found on Amazon. They were miniature, but the kids went nuts for them!
NEIGHBORHOOD CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
For early finishers, I let them work on a writing activity if time allows it. Students scan the QR codes on each poster that are hung around the room. I also gave out certificates for finishing and completing this fun neighborhood classroom transformation.
You can check out this Neighborhood 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.