I have lots of classroom transformation you can choose from. Each has a different concept and contains various math skills that were created for my students in grades K-5. Listed below are my top 10 easiest classroom transformations for elementary students.
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#1: COFFEE SHOP CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
This classroom transformation is so simple! Kids practice working with math concepts that are grade-level aligned and get rewarded with a cup of hot chocolate at the end. Set out a few coffee cups, grab a pack of hot chocolate, and you’re ready to roll. I let the hot chocolate heat up in my CrockPot and serve it as each child finishes. This aligns with common core math standards.
#2: DONUT SHOP CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
Donut stress because this classroom transformation really only requires donuts! It amazes me every year how hard my kiddos are willing to work just for a donut. And adding in those adorable hats makes it even more fun. Students complete 10 math challenges in order to win their prize. This aligns with common core math standards.
#3: PARTY CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
I put together this room transformation for under $10. Students practice multi-step word problems as they take on the role of party planners. Head out to the dollar store, grab some streamers, party hats, and you’re ready for party day. There’s no need to go crazy–simple things can make your class’s learning so much more fun!
#4: FALL CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
The first day of fall is always a fun day to do this transformation! The dollar store or craft stores sell fake leaves for a few dollars. Scatter the fake leaves them around your room, put out the spiral review math challenges, and you’re set for a day of math review. This room transformation practices multiple common core math standards.
#5: GROCERY STORE CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
In this grocery store classroom transformation, the kids get to go shopping for the foods on their list. Simply print the foods and problems out, give each kid a baggie from your local grocery store, and they are ready to go! I gave out food erasers at the end. This aligns with common core math standards.
#6: KINGS AND QUEENS CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
Kings and queens don’t always wear gold. In my classroom, they wear paper crowns. I hand each kid a paper crown made out of construction paper when they first walk in the door. They get to decorate it however they’d like and then they get to practice math while I call them “King _____” or “Queen _____”. It provides instant engagement and is incredibly easy on you as the teacher. This room transformation aligns with common core math standards. I gave out a chocolate coin for a prize at the end!
#7: ZOO CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
Setting the premise in this classroom transformation is pretty much effortless. Print out the zoo animals, lay them around your room, and tell your class all of the animals escaped from the zoo. It’s their job to round up each one and help get them home safely. Students practice math concepts without a second thought in this zoo day! It aligns with common core math standards. Students went home with a zoo-themed eraser when they finished.
#8: SAFARI CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
Ever wanted to take your class on a safari? You can! Tell your class they’ll be learning about 10 African animals around the room. You can buy fake leaves or safari hats to make it even more exciting. Students learn fun facts about each African animal using the QR codes provided and each math challenge helps students practice math concepts. This aligns with common core math standards.
#9: BOWLING CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
Have you ever seen the $5 bowling sets at Target? This was all it cost me to complete this room transformation. Each time students completed a math challenge, they got to “roll and bowl!” The kids LOVED using the inflatable bowling sets and I loved seeing them not only practice math in each challenge but while bowling each frame on their bowling card.
#10: ICE CREAM CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION
If you say the words “ice cream” in any classroom, 24 kids are immediately at attention. I bought $4 worth of ice cream cups at Walmart as a prize for completing all ten challenges. Everyone worked so hard and it was a very fun math activity. Students worked hard to get an ice cream eraser at the end too!
You may also find this post on Classroom Transformation Tips helpful. It gives you my top ten tips to make these fun activities run smoothly and be as stress-free as possible.
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