Does hopping in a plane and exploring the globe sound like a fun experience for you and your class? This pilot classroom transformation is a great activity for students to practice their math skills. All of my junior airplane pilots wore cute sunglasses that made them resemble real pilots. The kids thought they were super cool and took them home with them at the end of the day. The math skills found in this classroom transformation align with common core standards.
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PILOTS CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
I started by setting up my classroom to be pilot-themed, decorating the walls and the students’ desks. I hung up posters of ten different countries and hung each country’s flag from the ceiling in strategic spots around the room so students had to look up and “fly” to each math challenge.
This pilot classroom transformation allows students to feel like they are traveling all around the world. When students first enter the classroom, I have them sit in front of the TV or Smartboard. I play a video of a plane taking off so they feel like they are about to start a trip!
PILOTS CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Students have to complete 10 math challenges testing different skills they learn in class. These challenges vary per grade level.
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When a student finishes a challenge, I let them pull out a chance card. It either tells them their flight was on time or delayed. If they were on time, they got to move onto the next challenge. If their flight was delayed, they had to complete an additional activity before moving on. They learned all about how annoying a flight delay can be in this part!
PILOTS CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
Recording sheets were given to each student to keep track of their work. Every child’s recording sheet was shaped like a passport. Every time they finished a math challenge, they had to take their passport to customs (the teacher) to be checked before they could fly over to another country.
PILOTS CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
I have a classroom economy system in my classroom during the last quarter of each year, so I gave my students classroom economy money as their “paycheck” for finishing all ten math activities. However, I have had other teachers give out dojo points, homework passes, sunglasses, small erasers, and treats as prizes when doing this room transformation. Feel free to be as creative as you’d like!
You can check out this Pilot 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.