Are you ready to explore the galaxy? This Space Classroom Transformation is perfect for elementary students and will engage ALL students! If you’re looking for ways to make more significant links to math in the real world, this is a great activity for your students to practice with.
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SPACE CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
I set up the classroom with the decorations I needed for this room transformation’s theme. This is not necessary, (but for me personally) I love adding decorations to boost my students’ excitement. I found the big spaceship on Amazon. I put it in my classroom to make it feel like more like outer space. I also got outer space shower curtains to hang from the ceiling along with black tablecloths to turn their desks into spaceships.
You can see in this picture that the kids also had name tags on their desk that showed them which spaceship was theirs!
A little bit of decor can go a long way. You don’t have to deck out your classroom and take hours to set up. Here’s a few simple decorations that made a big difference too.
I hung planet posters from the ceiling so kids could travel around and complete all of the challenges around the room.
You can see that I printed a banner that says “Astronaut Training” on yellow paper and hung it on the board for students to enjoy as they worked. I also put “outer space” instrumental music from YouTube on my smart TV so they could be even more immersed in the environment.
When each student arrived to the classroom, I gave them an admission ticket. This got them excited before they even walked in the room. I also told them they could keep it as a bookmark to remember our special day together!
SPACE ROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
When everyone arrived and we got started, I told the students they were astronauts today. As seen in the picture above, kids traveled around the room with a yellow recording sheet. They traveled to 8 planets, the moon, and the sun. At each of these places around the room, there was a challenge paper waiting for them to solve. My class would solve the challenge paper and then bring it to me to check. I would sign their recording sheet if it was correct. If it was wrong, they would need to return to their “spaceship” and try again.
SPACE CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
Students really enjoyed this room transformation because every math challenge was space-related! We were focusing on word problems. Here’s an example of what the “Uranus” challenge looked like. I cannot tell you how many times the kids laughed over that planet name…lol.
During the room transformation, you can let your kids work individually or in partners (or even in small groups). There are ten challenges included and every class is going to be different. You may tell your class they need to complete all ten to finish OR you may say they need to complete 5 challenges (or 7, etc). I typically have most of my students try to complete all 10 challenges but will modify the number of required challenges for students with special needs. I may also let some students who would benefit from partners work together and others work individually to fit their learning style. It really just depends on what you think your class can handle. I design room transformations to be flexible so they can be changed to meet your needs.
SPACE ROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
When you’re doing a space room transformation like this, you’ll notice that some students finish early. What do you do with those students? Let them learn some fun facts about outer space! There are two ways you can let your fast finishers learn that extra information. The first option is printing out the fun fact posters and hanging them around your room (as shown in the first picture). When you do this, the kids would take a piece of notebook paper and hunt down all ten fun facts. They would copy the fun facts on their paper and I normally tell my students to practice summarizing what they’ve learned as they copy down each fact.
You can also use the QR codes version. With the QR codes, students travel around the room with an iPad. They then can scan each QR code and the fun fact will be revealed to them.
SPACE CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 5:
At the very end, when everyone is done, all students are rewarded with a small prize. You could use a food reward (like moon pies!) or a non-food reward like space erasers! I gave my class a choice and 90% of them chose a space eraser.
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.
Adding “extras” to room transformations is always optional and not needed! If you’re wondering what I added, check out the links below!