If you know me, you know how much I love transforming my classroom! The construction classroom transformation that I’m going to share with you today is no exception! Yes, I know they are a lot of work to prepare. No, I don’t do a classroom transformation every week. However, they are truly a magical experience for our students! All of the hard work that goes into prepping for a classroom transformation is TOTALLY worth it at the end of the day.
When I do a classroom transformation, I make sure I’m focusing on a skill or strategy that is difficult for my students to grasp. The key to a transformation is engagement in rigorous content.
This year, my students were extremely overwhelmed with the upcoming state writing assessment (FSA). We had been reviewing the components of an essay, using transition words, editing, etc. for a WHILE and we were losing our minds. So, I decided to engage them with a surprise “Construction Writing Week.”
Construction Week Supplies and Materials
Y’all, flipping your classroom doesn’t have to be over the top! I didn’t spend much to create this construction classroom transformation and my fourth graders were beyond excited when they walked into the room.
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(They were a bit small for some of my fourth graders, but we made it work!)
How It Works
I split up the class into four groups. Each group worked at a different station for about 30-45 minutes. We spent the entire week on this unit since some of the activities did take some time. Once a group completed a station and I checked their work, they were able to move on to the next station.
Writing Construction Activities
The “Transitioning Through Writing” station focused on incorporating transition words. The students had to read the passage and decide which transition words fit best in each sentence. This was definitely the most challenging, yet exciting station for them!
We also worked on our grammar skills to sort complex, simple, and compound sentences.
This station required students to break apart the text to identify the topic sentence, key ideas, supporting details, and transition words. Once they are able to find these components in a passage, they’re able to understand why it’s so important to include these in their own writing.
Then it was time to spice up some sentences! We added adjectives and elaborated on the simple sentences written on each card.
The “Piece It Together” station focused on putting an essay together like a puzzle. Let’s just say this required LOTS of teamwork.
We identified the important components of an essay, such as: introduction, key ideas, and conclusion.
We also worked on reviewing those frequently misspelled words that some adults still just can’t figure out.
They’re and their?
Your and you’re?
Yeah, I refuse to let my fourth graders go into the adult world misusing those words!
We had over 12 stations/activities throughout the course of the week. This writing construction classroom transformation was definitely a success and the perfect engagement right before state testing!
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