This safari classroom transformation is super easy to set up and is the perfect area and perimeter review! My class LOVED pretending they were in the African plains visiting wild animals up close.
Safari Step 1:
The first step in this classroom transformation is to set up your classroom! I put safari hats and a recording sheet on each desk. Next time, I also plan to put up some greenery and maybe some fake trees to set the scene. Each child got a recording sheet to keep track of which challenges they had completed. The goal is to complete all ten challenges.
I also put paw prints in the hall to catch my class’s attention as they entered the room and played music on the computer that sounded like the wilderness.
Next, I put the posters and challenges around the room. I chose 10 animals you would see on a safari in Africa. Each challenge reviewed some form of our area and perimeter unit: area, perimeter, finding unknown sides, finding rectilinear area of rectangles.
Tell your class your expectations of how you’d like them to work and how long they have to complete this activity. I normally encourage my class to work in pairs on half of the challenges and independently on the rest. Having students come to me to be checked after each challenge helps me see if they are struggling or understanding the content.
Once students complete all ten challenges, I gave them a prize. They got to take home a monkey I found at Dollar Tree. I also used these monkeys to decorate the room during our safari classroom transformation.
The cool thing about my classroom transformations is they come with an additional QR code writing activity as well! Anyone who finished early went around the room and scanned the QR codes to find out fun facts about African animals.
You can check out this safari classroom transformation HERE! It aligns with 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 3.MD.7, and 3.MD.8.
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 Safari Classroom Transformation (COMING SOON!)
Every Monday, I do a classroom transformation! I call them Monday Fundays! Follow me on Instagram to check them out