3rd Grade Math Review | The Floor is Lava Classroom Transformation

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Oh no!! The floor is lava! SERIOUSLY! In this cool "let's play pretend" classroom transformation, the floor has turned into lava! Students have to find the ten obstacles around the room (without touching the floor) and complete all twenty problems in order to win! While playing this fun game, students will practice math test prep that aligns with third grade common core math standards. This activity is a great way to make more meaningful connections to math in the real world. Students will embark upon a day of lava and volcanoes math activities. You can use this The Floor is Lava classroom transformation as 3rd grade math test prep review. A digital and print version is included.

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When many people think of classroom transformations, they think:

“This would take me hours to set up.”

“This is going to cost so much money.”

“This looks so overwhelming.”

“I could never do this!”

What if I told you classroom transformations could be EASY to set up, FUN to implement, and STRESS-FREE?

If you're looking for ways to make more meaningful connections to math in the real world, this is the activity for you! Students will embark upon a day pretending "the floor is lava" as a volcanologist while practicing this difficult math concept at the same time. Test prep can be difficult for third graders and this activity is great practice.

Let's Start with the Basics...What is a Classroom Transformation?

A room transformation changes your room into a certain setting or theme to engage students in their own learning with rigorous content.

Classroom transformations are possible in EVERY classroom. You don’t have to spend hours of your time setting up a classroom transformation or spend lots of money to make it SO MUCH FUN!

Skills Included

Measurement (measure with Rulers, Capacity and Mass, Time, Graphs, Area and Perimeter)

Fractions (Identify Fractions, Equivalent Fractions, Comparing Fractions, Whole Numbers)

Numbers in Base Ten (Rounding, Addition, Subtraction, Multiply by Tens)

Operations and Algebraic Thinking (Multiplication and Division)

Geometry and Partitioning Shapes

A Quick Description

Help your students tackle the lava in your classroom! What kid hasn't "played pretend" that the floor is lava! Now, it's possible to make it happen right inside your classroom! Students complete 10 math test prep challenges that are real-world math problems. Your third graders will answer questions about measurement, fractions, operations and algebraic thinking, multiplication, division, geometry, and numbers in base ten.

Print out all 10 volcano posters and all 10 aligned challenges. Distribute them around your room. Give each child a recording sheet. Explain to students that they will have to go around and solve all of the challenges without touching the floor (AKA lava)! They have to find all ten challenges you've left around the classroom and find the answers to each one. They use the recording sheet to mark off each challenge as they go.

There is also an additional writing activity where students scan the QR codes on each poster and find out fun facts about volcanoes! This math activity is perfect for third graders. It aligns with all third grade math standards.

How to Play

Step 1: Tell your class that they have to pretend the floor is lava today and will practice 3rd grade math test prep. Students solve math challenges set up around the room—but with a twist—NO TOUCHING THE FLOOR! They can be completed in any order and you can choose how many challenges students complete or what time frame they have to meet YOUR needs.

Set-up is quick and easy. Simply print the 10 posters, the math worksheets, and a recording sheet for each student. Place them around your room and you’re ready to begin! Additional door décor, editable name tags, editable admission tickets, and themed banner are included if you want to use them!

Step 2: Let students move around the room and solve each challenge! Each time students solve a math challenge, they go to the teacher to get it checked. Students can work independently, in partners, or groups. Your choice!

Step 3: If students don’t show their work or touch the lava, I have them complete a “You Got Burned” paper (orange below). This encourages them to show their work AND gives them some extra multiplication fact practice!

Step 4: When students finish all ten challenges (or however many you assign), they win! You can give them the certificate of completion included. I also reward my students with lava (AKA slime) at the end.

Step 5: Most of the time, there are early or fast finishers! These kiddos get to go around the room and scan the QR codes provided! Each QR code leads to a fun fact about volcanoes that they can record on the sheet provided or a piece of notebook paper. This keeps everyone happy and on task!

What's Included?

Aligns with Common Core 3rd Grade Standards

10 Black & White and Color Posters

10 3rd Grade Math Test Prep Challenges

Editable Challenge Paper

Recording Sheet

Answer Keys Included

Instructions for Kids and the Teacher

Certificate of Completion

Pictures of Set-Up & Shopping Guide for “Extras”

Editable Name Tags

Printable Lava Rocks

Tips to Make the Lava Day Even More Fun!

Door Decorations and Banner

Learning Targets

Editable Admission Tickets

Clickable Table of Contents for Easy Use

Digital Version Included for Use with Google Slides™

There is an editable challenge paper included. This means if one of the challenges doesn't work for your classroom, you can make your own! There are ten pre-made challenges included for you to use but we all know sometimes changes are necessary to best fit your classroom :) These challenges are aligned to Common Core and TEKS.

This is a perfect review activity before the big end of year standardized testing math assessment or as an extra practice activity. Step by step lesson plans are included so you know exactly what to do. It can be used as a spiral review and is easy to set up and implement. It is great for any class that needs something fun to reinforce previously taught math skills. The QR codes add in technology as well. Classroom transformation ideas are a new trend in education and can set the stage to engage!

These classroom transformations can be used for elementary children as a worksheet alternative, printables, in math stations, center rotations, math centers, as enrichment or remediation, in small groups, as test prep, as worksheets, escape room alternatives, homework practice (take what you don’t finish home for homework), digital theme days, end of year themed days, classroom transformation kits, printables, and so much more! These math activities are made to be flexible so you can use them however you’d like in your classroom.

You no longer need to spend hours prepping your classroom for your next classroom transformation! These hands on, low prep activities will keep your students engaged while practicing rigorous material at the same time.

Free Classroom Transformation Guide

You may also like this FREE Classroom Transformation Guide! It tells you exactly which Common Core Standards each third grade classroom transformation aligns with.

I also call these my Monday Funday math games if you've seen them on Instagram! They are easy to implement classroom transformations.

A DIGITAL VERSION HAS NOW BEEN ADDED!

With remote learning taking center stage in our communities, a digital version is now included! It's compatible with Google Slides™ and can be completed 100% digitally. That means no making copies and less prep for you!

How Does a Digital Classroom Transformation Work?

First, invite your students into a video call on whatever learning platform your school district uses. Set the scene and tell your class online what themed day they will be completing.

Then, assign your students the Google Slides™ activities that come with this digital classroom transformation. Each digital classroom transformation is interactive and has movable pieces for students to enjoy playing with. Every activity can be modified for what works best in your classroom! A digital cover page, digital recording sheet, 10 digital challenges, and a digital certificate are included in the Google Slides file.

Finally, as a digital reward, students are invited to play the self-checking game that shows them fun facts about volcanoes. It's engaging, interactive, and a great way to motivate students throughout the digital room transformation while completing distance learning.

Let's Break Down What Comes in the Digital Version:

Instructions for the Teacher

Instructions How to Assign in Google Classroom Individually or in Teams

10 Google Slides Challenges

Digital Answer Key for Teacher or Self-Checking

Digital Self-Checking Reward Game

Videos Explaining Best Practice /How To Set It Up

Digital Tips and Tricks

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO ACCESS?

-The digital version was created with Google Slides™.

-This means you will need a Google email to make a copy for your Google Drive.

-You can assign these games by assigning them in Google Classroom or send them via email to students.

So choose which version works best for your classroom -- print, digital, or a combination of both!

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Looking for more Math Classroom Transformations that relate to real-world mathematics? Check out the whole series here!

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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize area as additive. Find areas of rectilinear figures by decomposing them into non-overlapping rectangles and adding the areas of the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real world problems.
Use tiling to show in a concrete case that the area of a rectangle with whole-number side lengths 𝘢 and 𝘣 + 𝘤 is the sum of 𝘢 × 𝘣 and 𝘢 × 𝘤. Use area models to represent the distributive property in mathematical reasoning.
Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape.
Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
Compare two fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

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