Get your party hats out, because it’s time to bring the party to the classroom! If you want to include fun in math, the Party Planner Classroom Transformation is a great activity. Students will become party planners in this exciting transformation. It works well for all elementary grade levels and aligns with multiple 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 as a “party planner” while practicing a difficult math concept at the same time.
PARTY TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
The first step is to set up your classroom to look like a party. There are banners and posters included in this classroom transformation that you can print. First, I hung up streamers on the door and TV to set the scene. I also placed balloons around the room to make it feel like a true party. You can hang posters on your door to tell your students where the party is and get them excited for the day.
PARTY TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
The second thing to do is tell your class the rules and expectations of the transformation. Give them instructions on how long this activity will take and what they will need to do. Their goal is to complete all ten math challenges. They can either work individually or in pairs.
PARTY TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
Next, the students have to solve 10 math challenges, which vary per grade level. Each child will receive a recording sheet to keep track of the challenges they finish.
PARTY CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
Once finished with all the math challenges, students’ work is checked by the teacher. If they get it right, sign their recording sheet. If it’s incorrect, the student has to try the problem again. After the kids finished all ten challenges, I gave them each a cupcake as a prize! This was a sweet treat that EVERYONE was motivated to work for.
PARTY CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 5:
Finally, the ones who finished first could scan the QR codes that are around the room. Each of the QR codes tells them fun facts about real party planners. The QR codes added excitement for my students as they learned math skills and party planning at the same time.
You can use this Party Classroom Transformation as a spiral review, in the middle of a unit, or as something fun at the completion of a unit. Another teacher told me her class completed it on her birthday! It is great for any class that needs something fun to reinforce teaching a skill.
You can check out this easy to prep Party Planner 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.