Okay, well. maybe it's not quite time yet for really going to summer camp, but lots of you have great ideas for using a camp theme in your classroom at this time of year. This is a theme that can be kept simple, but it's so much fun to get going with the tents, flashlights, compasses and everything else that will have your kids going crazy...but also learning like crazy!
Instead of handling this theme all by yourself, consider teaming with another teacher (how about using one classroom for songs and stories, the other for nature and camp games?), or brainstorming ideas with your class ... it's a great opportunity for a little shared writing! The sheer number of ideas is huge, so be prepared to pick and choose to keep it manageable.
Here are a few sources of ideas to get you thinking!
This is what one first grade teacher wrote about her one-day camping event.
This post is aimed a bit higher for grade levels 3+, but take a look at some of the awesome links that are listed at the end!
The always-amazing Cherry Carl has some great things, including themed writing paper and a word list for writing at http://www.carlscorner.us.com/Camping.htm .
KinderCorner has a super collection of ideas, many of which will be useful for first and second graders and even beyond. There is a wonderful collection of summer camp read-alouds here!
It will definitely take you some time to sift through all of the resources here, but http://www.ultimatecampresource.com/ truly is "ultimate"! Don't miss the camp songs! Try copying some of the songs on charts for shared reading. Individual copies would make good additions to Song and Poem Notebooks. Gather around the classroom "campfire and enjoy!
And finally, the promised FREEBIE! Dashing around filling up jars with fireflies (we call them lightning bugs here in NJ!) is a memory-maker on any camping experience! Mix in some math facts and you've got...
It includes 12 sets of matching cards like these...
... as well as a student recording sheet. This item is featured at Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday. Enjoy!
If you use a summer camp theme, what's your favorite activity?
Here's a great linky part I just found at Tessa's Tales from Outside the Classroom .
You'll find more summer camp ideas, plus lots of ways to keep the learning and fun going right up to the last day.