Who loves parties?! Those who are up for parties, ready your party hats because you’re gonna be a party planner in this fun-filled Party Classroom Transformation! This classroom transformation works well for third and fourth grade students who have difficulties in multi-step word problems. I have completed this classroom transformation in my third grade classroom and they loved it.
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 this difficult math concept at the same time. 2 step word problems can be difficult for third graders and this activity is great practice. It aligns with 3.OA.8.
Party Classroom Transformation Step 1:
The first step in this classroom transformation is to set up your classroom like you are having 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. Also, the balloons were placed around the room to make it feel like a true party. You can set a time limit in setting up your classroom or do it ahead of time before your class starts, so it won’t take or use up all your time.
Party Classroom Transformation Step 2:
The second thing to do is explain to your class your rules and expectations of how you’d like them to complete this activity. Give them instructions of how long this activity will take. Their goal is to complete all ten math challenges. They can either work individually or in pairs.
Party Classroom Transformation Step 3:
Next, in this classroom transformation, third and fourth graders have to solve 10 math challenges about multi-step word problems. They involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Each child will receive a recording sheet to keep track of the challenges they finish or complete.
Party Classroom Transformation Step 4:
Once they are finished with all the math challenges, they get it checked by the teacher. If they get it right, I’ll sign their recording sheet. If it’s incorrect, then they have to start all over and try it again. At the end, after the kids finished all ten challenges, they got a cupcake as a prize! This was a sweet treat that EVERYONE was motivated to work for!
Party Classroom Transformation Step 5:
Lastly, the ones who finished first could scan the QR codes that are around the room. Each of the QR codes tell them fun facts about real party planners. The QR codes added excitement for my third grade students as they learned a lot about multi-step math word problems 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 multi-step word problems unit. I have even had one teacher tell me her class completed it on her birthday! It is great for any class that needs something fun to reinforce teaching word problems. The skills included in this classroom transformation are:
-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division multi-step word problems
-drawing a picture to solve the problems
-looking at data in a table
-rounding to nearest ten and hundred
-2 step word problems
-3 step word problems
You can check out this easy to prep Party Planner Classroom 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.
5th Grade Party Planner Classroom Transformation (COMING SOON!)
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