After visiting the Ron Clark Academy a few years ago, I was totally inspired to use classroom makeovers as a way to engage my students even further in our real world math projects! As our fraction unit comes to a close, I wanted to share some pictures of all the fun!
The math cafe was under construction while we used our skills multiplying fractions to build model dog houses! I added caution tape to every place I could think of around the classroom, put out some safety cones, and added all sorts of construction-like centerpieces to the tables! I even found an hour long video on YouTube of a construction site (what non-teacher would ever use this?!). I threw on a pair of safety googles and a reflective safety vest to really get into the construction spirit! :)
Despite the cold weather, we ran our own lemonade stands in the classroom to help us practice dividing fractions! I reused the plastic table cloths, let students design lemonade stand signs, and brought in yummy treats for them to have at their lemonade stand! I played some Jack Johnson in the background as kids worked because it just made me think of warm weather (I was impressed that several students actually knew who Jack Johnson was!). This was the easiest classroom makeover and the kids had lots of fun!