Today I’m excited to share my second room transformation with you! This one was a Pizzeria Room Transformation. Our pizzeria was called Village Pizzeria. I’m going to take you through the decor and the different activities that we did during the day.
Decorations and Room Set-Up:
Here you can see the set-up with the lights out. The tablecloths are from the dollar store, the battery candles are actually from my wedding registry, and my teaching assistant made the flowers out of tissue paper. On the Smart Board I had a photo of a pizzeria and played Italian music to help set the mood. They have tons of great options for this on YouTube!
On the back bulletin board my teaching assistant made the cute banner of pizzas. We also found pizza and pizzeria pictures online and hung them on the walls.
My teaching assistant also traced and made this sign from one we found online. We used this as a backdrop to take each student’s photo with their chef hat and mustache that you will see later in the post.
Costume and Staff Roles Idea:
For the pizzeria room transformation I decided to be the server. Since I wasn’t a teacher that day, I decided to have the kids call me Giana and that would be my pizzeria server name. I wore a name tag, had a server apron, and glasses at times. My teaching assistant dressed up as a chef with a chef hat and apron. We also got my assistant principal involved. She helped with the first activity below. She was the owner of the pizzeria and her name was Barbara. She dressed up, had an Italian accent, and had a lot of fun with her role in our pizzeria!
Opinion Writing Activity:
We have been working on opinion writing in class and I wanted to tie that in to the pizzeria room transformation. “Barbara,” our owner (our assistant principal) came in and asked them if they would help taste test two different Oreo’s to see which should be added to her menu. The kids were excited to do this and enjoyed trying both. I was surprised because red velvet won and I was sure that many of them would go for the peanut butter. After testing both cookies they wrote their opinion and had to give reasons to support the cookie they picked.
I created pizzeria menus that we used for our math lesson. I also created differentiated story problems for three different groups to work on. All story problems fit around the menu theme and definitely made them think outside the box. My goal was to push all of my students/customers and these problems did just that. They loved choosing their own items from the menu for question 2 and did a great job showing work for how they got their answers.
Above and below you can see the three different story problem pages. As you can see they are similar, but differentiated to meet all of my learners.
The book tasting was another perfect event for our room transformation. After lunch the kids came back in and I had it all set-up. There were six tables and three different genres – fairy tale, fiction, and nonfiction. Students were assigned as a specific seat by the hostess (me) and then given directions. They had about 5 minutes to “taste” their book and write the title and genre. On the page they also could give their book a rating with stars. A 5 star book was a fantastic book that they wanted to read again and a 1 star book was one that they were not interested in. They were very honest with their reviews and also had a chance to read books from a variety of genres. Below you’ll see the book tasting form.
Making a Mini Pizza:
Next came the part the kids had been waiting all day for! Each student got to make their own mini pizza. We used english muffins, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperonis. Our chef (my teaching assistant) did a demo cooking lesson and then each child got to make their own mini pizza. They wore the cute chef hats pictured below and also each got a mustache. I took pictures of them in front of the backdrop with both props and they turned out adorable!
Writing a How To:
After creating their own mini pizza, each child wrote their own “how to” explaining how to make a mini pizza. They loved that they got to write down their recipe so they could make them again at home.
All in all it was a wonderful day and the second room transformation of the year was a success! Stay tuned for future transformations and ideas!