Can sports and math really coexist in the classroom? The answer is yes! With the Sports Classroom Transformation, a normal day in the classroom can turn into a fun and engaging experience for students. This sports-themed classroom transformation tests math skills while also giving students an exciting day. In this room transformation, students wear sports wristbands as they complete the challenges to make them feel more like real athletes. Students can work individually, in pairs, or groups. It aligns with common core math standards.
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Decorating for a sports day classroom transformation is SO much fun! There are endless possibilities. You can buy green tablecloths as grass for land sports and blue tablecloths for sports in the pool. You can make basketball courts out of butcher paper and find any type of sports decorations you could imagine on Amazon. However, if you don’t want any extra frills, the transformation has plenty of sport-themed activities to give your students a fun experience.
SPORTS CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
First, I set up my classroom. I put up a sports background to decorate, used the posters and banner included in my resource, and put up colorful flags to make it feel like a sports game. The kids loved it!
SPORTS CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
Next, before we started this activity, I explained to students how this classroom transformation works. They can either work individually or in pairs while doing the challenges. After that, they were given recording sheets to monitor their work each time they completed a challenge.
Each challenge focuses on a wide range of skills per grade level. While the math challenges differ, students will have a great time learning no matter what grade they’re in!
SPORTS CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
The challenges are scattered all over the room. Once completed and checked, the early finishers can do the QR code writing activity. A student can scan the QR code on an included poster and learn about famous sports’ world records.
SPORTS CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
At the end of the day, students received a small prize if they finished all ten challenges. I gave them each a sports toy missile that they could use at recess or take home with them. This kept them highly motivated to finish all ten challenges.
We also had a gold medal ceremony. I called up each student who finished all ten math challenges and awarded the champions with a (fake) gold medal.
You can check out this easy to prep Sports 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.