Put your scrub cap on because you’re now a veterinarian in a pet hospital! There are sick pets coming in that need your help! In order to help them, you need to complete the ten multi-step word problem challenges that align with each pet! This classroom transformation will help third grade students build up their math skills with multi-step word problems. Your 3rd graders will solve multi-step word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
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When many people think of classroom transformations, they think:
“This would take me hours to set up.”
“This is going to cost so much money.”
“This looks so overwhelming.”
“I could never do this!”
What if I told you classroom transformations could be EASY to set up, FUN to implement, and STRESS-FREE?
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 in a “pet hospital” as a vet 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.
Let’s Start with the Basics…What is a Classroom Transformation?
A room transformation changes your room into a certain setting or theme to engage students in their own learning with rigorous content.
Classroom transformations are possible in EVERY classroom. You don’t have to spend hours of your time setting up a classroom transformation or spend lots of money to make it SO MUCH FUN!
✔ multi-digit addition and subtraction multi-step word problems
✔ multi-step multiplication and division word problems
✔ multi-step word problems
A Quick Description
Print out all 10 pet posters and all 10 aligned challenges. Distribute them around your room. Give each child a recording sheet. Explain to students that they will become veterinarians and will need to complete all ten challenges! They have to find all the challenges you’ve left around the classroom and find the answers to each one. They use the recording sheet to mark off each challenge as they go.
There is also an additional writing activity where students scan the QR codes on each poster and find out fun facts about the different pets. This math activity is perfect for 3rd graders. It aligns with 3.OA.8.
How to Play
Step 1: Tell your class that they are veterinarians today and will practice multi-step word problems. Students solve math challenges set up around the room. They can be completed in any order and you can choose how many challenges students complete or what time frame they have to meet YOUR needs.
Set-up is quick and easy. Simply print the 10 posters, the math worksheets, and a recording sheet for each student. Place them around your room and you’re ready to begin! Additional door décor, editable name tags, editable admission tickets, and themed banner are included if you want to use them!
Step 2: Let students move around the room and solve each challenge! Each time students solve a math challenge, they go to the teacher to get it checked. Students can work independently, in partners, or groups. Your choice! Every challenge contains multi-step word problems and aligns with 3.OA.8.
Step 3: When students finish all ten challenges (or however many you assign), they win! You can give them the certificate of completion included. I also reward my students with a cool highlighter at the end.
Step 4: Most of the time, there are early or fast finishers! These kiddos get to go around the room and scan the QR codes provided! Each QR code leads to a fun fact about veterinarians that they can record on the sheet provided or a piece of notebook paper. This keeps everyone happy and on task!
✔ Aligns with Common Core 3.OA.8
✔ 10 Black & White and Color Posters
✔ 10 Multi-Step Word Problem Math Challenges
✔ Editable Challenge Paper
✔ Recording Sheet
✔ Answer Keys Included
✔ Instructions for Kids and the Teacher
✔ Certificate of Completion
✔ Pictures of Set-Up & Shopping Guide for “Extras”
✔ Editable Name Tags
✔ Tips to Make the Vet Pet Hospital Even More Fun!
✔ Door Decorations and Banner
✔ Learning Targets
✔ Editable Admission Tickets
✔ Extra Code Blue Challenge
✔ Clickable Table of Contents for Easy Use
There is an editable challenge paper included. This means if one of the challenges doesn’t work for your classroom, you can make your own! There are ten pre-made challenges included for you to use but we all know sometimes changes are necessary to best fit your classroom 🙂 These challenges are aligned to Common Core and TEKS.
There are two versions included: an easy version and a hard one.
Version 1: Easy
Every problem has only 2 steps to solve. This is a great version for kids that are just beginning multi-step word problems.
Version 2: Hard
There are some easy problems, medium problems, and hard problems included in this room transformation. There is a wide variation of problems included for differentiation. Some problems are 2 step, 3 step, and 4 step word problems. This set is great for kids who already have experience with multi-step word problems.
This is a perfect review activity before giving a multi-step word problems assessment or as an extra practice activity. Step by step lesson plans are included so you know exactly what to do. It can be used as a spiral review and is easy to set up and implement. It is great for any class that needs something fun to reinforce teaching word problems. The QR codes add in technology as well. Classroom transformation ideas are a new trend in education and can set the stage to engage!
These classroom transformations can be used for elementary children as a worksheet alternative, printables, in math stations, center rotations, math centers, as enrichment or remediation, in small groups, as test prep, as worksheets, escape room alternatives, homework practice (take what you don’t finish home for homework), printables, and so much more! These math activities are made to be flexible so you can use them however you’d like in your classroom.
You no longer need to spend hours prepping your classroom for your next classroom transformation! These hands on, low prep activities will keep your students engaged while practicing rigorous material at the same time.
Free Classroom Transformation Guide
You may also like this FREE Classroom Transformation Guide! It tells you exactly which Common Core Standards each third grade classroom transformation aligns with.
I also call these my Monday Funday math games if you’ve seen them on Instagram! These are easy to implement classroom transformations!
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Looking for more Math Classroom Transformations that relate to real-world mathematics? Check out the whole series here!
You may also like my unit: Multi-Step Word Problems
It has worksheets, a mini-lesson, a game, and activities that help third graders practice this skill!
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