When my kids walked into the classroom, they came to the rug and worked with their turn and teach partner to complete the camping warm up page. I told them this was something that would get their brains warmed up and ready to work! In actuality, I needed to buy some time to take attendance, read parent notes, stamp BEE binders, check for reading homework minutes, etc. You know, the regular morning routine that teachers have to go through to get the day rolling. That being said, this was the perfect starter to our day and it served as a great review of some of the math concepts we have learned thus far.
After we went through the Camping Warm Ups, I went through the Rules and Guidelines of Camp Read-a-Lot. They took this very seriously! Side note-I did have a few desks and chairs that weren’t set up in a camp site and told the kids that if anybody couldn’t follow these rules, they would have to sit at these spots. I am happy to say, nobody went there today.
I want to include these pictures of my classroom, not because they are anything great but more because I want you to see how simple your “campsites” can be. I purchased some inexpensive sheets to hang across counter spaces, over desks, over tables, etc. I also had one tent and some rugs laying around the room. In total, I had seven different campsites.
I did assign each person to a group to be in for the day. It ended up working out that there were 3 people in each group. I placed them in each campsite for about 15 minutes at a time. Here are some of the activities that my students did today.
Another element of creativity that I like to bring into the classroom is a little sound and ambiance. The kids will love this. If you have a smart board or projector, play one of the videos from above for a nice bonfire or summer evening feel. Best of all, no prep or cost!
Let me try to briefly explain how this all played out. 3 students in each campsite, 7 campsites, 15 minutes at each, each campsite had a task to complete. 3 of the campsites required read to self time with the option to do an AR quiz on an iPad, 1 campsite had QR code camping stories, 2 campsites had some camping task cards to complete, and 1 campsite had reading bookmarks. The way that I told my students to rotate would have them in a campsite that required reading and then switching to a task card or bookmark campsite. I told them when to transition and to where. I did mini lessons between some of the transitions. We also used Go Noodle to help with “the wiggles”. We did this off and on throughout the day today because we had a schedule to work around that included math and reading intervention groups, lunch/recess, and gym/music. I hope that all made sense!
We did take a few minutes to stop for a snack break today as well and my students LOVED making the mini s’mores…they were definitely a hit!
I also want to mention that all of my students’ work and papers were kept on a clipboard that they were given at the start of the day when they did their Camping Warm Ups. A Campsite Checklist was also kept on the clipboard as a way for the students to visually see how many more campsites they had left to complete…kind of like a visual schedule if you will.
At the end of the day my students each received a certificate of completion along with a brag tag to add to their necklace collection. They earned it!
If you are STILL reading this post, thanks for hanging in there until the end! I have included all of the activities that you’ve seen in this post into one product that I have titled Camping in the Classroom. I have also compiled a bunch of literacy activities for your students on my Teaching Literacy Pinterest board. Enjoy!