Between food, grocery carts, and math problems, a shopping classroom transformation can be so fun to do in your classroom! Kids are engaged the entire time and it’s easy to differentiate based on who is in your class. This was different than my other classroom transformations because students had to find 30 foods on their shopping list. Each food practiced a different math skill. It aligns with common core standards.
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To set the scene, I hung Grocery Aisle Posters up on my ceiling and arranged the desks into rows so it looked more like a grocery store. I put each food in the appropriate aisle so they had to read the aisle signs in order to see where each problem was kept. And finally, I wore an apron to look like a grocery store worker!
SHOPPING CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
When students came into the room, I told them they were grocery shopping for every item on their shopping list. They would be Pro Grocery Shoppers when they had completed their shopping.
There are 30 task cards for students to solve. My class really enjoyed being able to work together with a partner, or individually, or in small groups. I let them choose whatever worked best for their needs. However, you do have to set rules in place to make sure this goes smoothly.
SHOPPING CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Next, students started to play! All challenges involved problems that were aligned with the common core math standards. When students finished each challenge, they got it checked by the teacher (me). I would sign their recording sheet to note completion of each challenge.
SHOPPING CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
As the kids completed each math problem, I had them use a grocery bag to keep their work organized. I used extra grocery bags from Walmart and gave one to each student. Every time they finished a question, they stored it in their grocery bag and checked off the item on their “Shopping List.”
Every so often, I would call out fun things like, “Attention shoppers, we’re having a special on bananas in Aisle 4!” on a microphone, I found on Amazon. I also wore an apron so I looked more like a grocery store worker.
SHOPPING CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
After the students completed all the challenges, I let them do the additional writing activity. I had them scan the QR codes and find fun facts about grocery stores. The students each got to take home an eraser that looked like a different piece of food as a reward for finishing this math activity.
When doing a room transformation, “extras” certainly aren’t needed. But, they can be fun to add in from time to time. Check out the extras I added in for this classroom transformation.
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.