If you’re looking for ways to make more meaningful connections to math in the real world, this hospital classroom transformation is the activity for you! Third grade students will complete rectilinear area surgery where they have to solve 10 area challenges that relate directly to math in the real world. This Doctor Classroom Transformation is a great room transformation surgery for 3rd grade students. Finding the area of composite figures has never been more fun!
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?
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!
✔ Rectilinear Area without Finding Missing Sides
✔ Rectilinear Area with Finding Missing Sides
✔ Rectilinear Area with Tiles
✔ Rectilinear Area without Tiles
✔ 3 Step Rectilinear Area Problem
Students will take on the roles of surgeons in the classroom! Students complete 10 challenges where they find the area of rectilinear shapes that are real-world doctor-themed math problems. This math activity is perfect for third and fourth graders. It aligns with 3.MD.7.
Print out all 10 organ posters and all 10 surgery challenges. Distribute them around your room. Give each child a recording sheet. Explain to students that they will be performing surgery on ten different rectilinear figures! They have to find all ten surgeries you’ve left around the classroom and solve the challenge at each location. They use the recording sheet to mark off each challenge as they go.
Step 1: Tell your class that they are surgeons today and will practice rectilinear area. 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!
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 different organs of the body 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.MD.7
✔ 10 Black & White and Color Posters
✔ 10 Third Grade Rectilinear Area 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 Doctor Day Even More Fun!
✔ Door Decorations and Banner
✔ Learning Targets
✔ Editable Admission Tickets
✔ 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.
This is a perfect review activity before giving an area and perimeter 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. 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.
You may also like this FREE Classroom Transformation Guide! It tells you exactly which Common Core Standards each 3rd 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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