Ready to head to the African savannah and find wild animals? You’re able to bring a safari right to your classroom with the Safari Classroom Transformation! This transformation is super easy to set up and is the perfect way to practice math skills while having fun. My class LOVED pretending they were in the African plains visiting wild animals up close. This transformation aligns with multiple common core math standards.
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If you’re looking for a way to incorporate real-world math problems, the Safari Room transformation is for you! It covers all elementary grade levels and transforms a normal day in the classroom into an exciting and educating experience.
SAFARI CLASS TRANSFORMATION 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. You can also put up some greenery and fake trees to set the scene. Each child receives 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. It set the scene for a day on a safari.
Next, I put the posters and challenges around the room. The challenges include 10 animals you would see on a safari in Africa. Each challenge reviews a grade-appropriate math skill that deals with safari-related questions.
SAFARI CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Next, 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. Students come to me after they finish each challenge so I can check their work and decide if they’re struggling or understanding the content.
SAFARI CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
Once students complete all ten challenges, I hand out a prize. For this activity, I gave my students a toy monkey I found at Dollar Tree. You can also find them on Amazon. I also used these monkeys to decorate the room during our Safari Classroom Transformation. Even a tiny prize can motivate students to work hard throughout the day, but it’s up to you what you give them!
SAFARI CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
The cool thing about my classroom transformations is that they come with an additional QR code writing activity. Anyone who finished early could go around the room and scan the QR codes to find out fun facts about African animals. Not only was this fun, but it was also an educational experience for everyone.
You can check out this safari 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.
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