Camping Theme 2010-2011

 For the 2010-2011 school year my classroom is going CAMPING! Well, we are not going to any place in particular but my entire class will become a Camp Site! Welcome to Ms. Sanchez’ CAMP WANNALEARNALOT! Here are some of the ideas I have gathered for the camping theme:

BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS

READING
“Warming Up with a Good Book” (use a campfire graphic on the board)
“Camping Out with a Good Book” (use kids in a tent graphic)
“Pack of Reading Strategies” (backpack with reading strategies coming out of it)
“Camp Read A Lot”
“Hiking Up the SuccessMaker Mountain”
“Hiking the AR Trail”
“Climbing the AR Mountain”
“Climbing the SuccessMaker Mountain”
“Rafting the AR River”

WRITING
“Campfire Tales”
“Campfire Stories”

WORD WALL
“A Forest of Words”
“Word Woods”
“Word Forest”
“S’more New Words”

MATH
“Hiking Along the Math Trail” (show a hiker climbing rocks and write the different multiplication properties on the rocks)
“Pack of Math Facts” (use a backpack with facts coming out of it)
“S’more Math Facts”
“Making Math Tracks”
“Bird’s Eye View of Math” (use an eagle on top of the bulletin board)

SCIENCE
“The Stream of Science”
“The Scientific Stream”
“Paddling through Science River”

STUDENT WORK
“S’more Good Work”
“Roarin’ Good Work” (use a big campfire image)
“Reaching the Summit of Success”
“Mountain of Good Work”
“Fired Up for Good Work” (use a campfire image)

STAR STUDENT
“Star Camper of the Week”
“Camper of the Week”

OTHER
“Put Your Best Food Forward” (show hiking books with classroom rules written on them)
“On the Trail to Success”
“We’re MakingTracks into 4th Grade”
“Camping Out in 4th Grade”
“Nuts About Helping” (squirrel with jobs on nuts)
“Camp Chores”
“Fishing for Good Behavior”
“Camp Assistants”
“Happy Campers”
“Wanna Behavealot Trail”

BOOK IDEAS

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
Camp Granada: Sing-Along Camp Songs by Frane Lessac
Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera B. William
The Lost Lake by Allen Say
When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs
S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet Book by Helen Foster James and Lita Judge
Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George

DECORATING IDEAS

· Carson-Dellosa’s Camping Bulletin Board Set
· Carson-Dellosa’s Owl Tree Bulletin Board Set
· Carson-Dellosa’s Camping Nameplates
· Trend Enterprises Green Foliage Discovery Border for Bulletin Boards (black paper on the background of all bulletin boards)
· DJ Inkers Camping Graphics to Accent Bulletin Boards
· Hang Stars from the Ceiling
· Place a Pretend Campfire in Reading Area
· Place a Small Tent in Reading Area
· Use Camping Chairs and Electric Lanterns
· Use Small Water Coolers in Reading Area for Seating and Book Storage
· Wooden Sign with the Name “Camp Wannalearnalot”
· Plants Around the Classroom for Decoration

IDEAS ON HOW TO CREATE A PRETEND CAMPFIRE

Here’s a brief slideshow showing three pretend campfires people have created.

http://www.slide.com/r/tFaBOUK-xT8qy6iUpS8VEyk8uzi8FcEO?previous_view=mscd_embedd ed_url&view=original

 
Here are the links to the websites which show you how to create each of those pretend campfires:
1. Campfire Using Construction Paper: http://kids-indoor-activities.suite101.com/article.cfm/making_an_campfire_from_construction_paper
2. Campfire Using Cardboard Tubes:http://www.familycorner.com/family/kids/crafts/cardboard-tube-campfire.shtml
3. Campfire Using Ring of Rocks: http://www.funinthemaking.net/2009/02/17/pretend-to-campout-how-to-make-a-pretend-campfire-and-paper-marshmallows/
 
I’m actually thinking of buying the indoor campfire featured on this website: http://www.indoorcampfires.com/

The cost of it is about $100 (not including the logs) but I really like how it looks. I could also buy medium-sized river rocks to create a ring around it.

SNACK IDEAS

These are some ideas I gathered from surfing around on the Internet:

· Moose Munch (cheetos, cheerios, chocolate chips)
· Make an Edible Campfire: Start with a large cookie. Add M&M’s to make a fire ring, pretzels as kindling, and cheese puffs for logs. Then “glue” candy corn on (using icing or other edible choice) for flames.

OTHER IDEAS

· Play a Bingo game called “CAMPO” (don’t know the instructions for this yet)
· Use Camping Mad Libs
· Make Friendship Bracelets
· Award Students Badges for Special Accomplishments (i.e. Amount of AR Books Read)
· Create Camp Shirts for All Students
· Create a Survival Guide for Parents (includes class information)
· Use a CAMP Binder instead of a DOLPHIN Binder (which I’ve used the past three years)

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