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March Madness Transformation

March means test prep season is upon us! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, room transformations are my absolute favorite way to review and prepare for upcoming test! Thus, March Madness!!!

This room transformation and activity were formatted similarly to the Unlock activities by Cooties and Cuties and Second Grade Sassy Pants. If you never done one of their unlock activities, you are really missing out! Basically, students work to complete different challenges that review various task and skills. They move through a “game board” as they complete challenges. Y’all…it’s a packet of worksheets…worksheets!!! And the kids totally love it! It is engaging and full of actual content and learning!

The game board consisted of 7 challenges shown above on the large orange pages: selection, 1st round, 2nd round, sweet 16, elite 8, final 4, and the national championship. Students receive a challenge workbook that corresponds with each challenge. The skills we reviewed included place value, adding and subtracting rational numbers, data representations, multiplying and dividing decimals, multiplying and dividing fractions, graphing, and order of operations. Students create a “game piece” the week before on a basketball jersey. All of their jerseys were so creative and unique! They moved their basketball jerseys along the game board as they completed each challenge.

Students were also given a ticket the day before to get into the game! Grab your free, editable basketball ticket here! This create great anticipation and get the kids so excited!

To add to the fun, there were timeout and halftime cards between certain challenges to give students a quick brain break. When students got to a break card, they had to pull a slip from a bucket and complete the task. The task were silly and fun like giving a certain number of high fives, singing the national anthem, or pretending to be a concession worker selling popcorn in the stands. We had a March Madness Spotify playlist and wore our fave sports gear! Yes to wind pants, jerseys, tennis shoes, and sweatbands!

During classroom transformations, it’s always good to have some kind of behavior management plan. That is where the foul cards came into play. Students were told they would receive a foul card if they were not following class rules and expectations. Two foul cards and they would be out of the tournament. I didn’t end up having to use any of these cards! But it’s good to have a plan just in case!

March Madness was an absolute blast in our classroom! Students were engaged the entire time and got in some really valuable practice. Work hard, play hard! 

Springtime is already a bit crazy…so why not embrace the crazy and channel that energy! How do you prep for state test? How do you plan to embrace the madness? Why not a little BIZARRE BASKETBALL CHALLENGE?

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