Starting the Day
Camping Warm Ups
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.
Rules and Guidelines
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.
Camp Set Up
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.
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
- 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 because we had a schedule to work around that included math and reading intervention groups, lunch/recess, and gym/music.
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.
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. Scroll through the following photos to see some of the activities my students completed.
Another way to make the day feel different and special is by adding a little sound and ambiance. The kids love this. If you have a smart board or projector, play one of the videos below for a nice bonfire or summer evening feel. Best of all, no prep or cost!
We took 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! Download my snack note free right HERE.
Ending the Day
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!
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.
BONUS DOWNLOAD: Use these QR Code Camping Stories as another Camp Read A Lot Activity! Each camping story is linked to the You Tube video which is shared through Safe Share TV. Please check with your IT department to ensure that Safeshare is not blocked or the QR codes will not work. You can download this file for free here! Enjoy!
Camp Read A Lot Image Gallery
Camp Read A Lot is growing like wildfire in 2nd grade classrooms across the world! Since publishing this post, teachers have shared so many pictures and ideas for how they are bring camping in the classroom to their students! Take a look at a few photos below, and consider joining our Facebook group for more ideas!