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:


“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”

“Campfire Tales”
“Campfire Stories”

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

“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)

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

“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 Camper of the Week”
“Camper of the Week”

“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”


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


· 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


Here’s a brief slideshow showing three pretend campfires people have created. 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:
2. Campfire Using Cardboard Tubes:
3. Campfire Using Ring of Rocks:
I’m actually thinking of buying the indoor campfire featured on this website:

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.


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.


· 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)


Ocean Theme 2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 school year, I incorporated an Ocean Theme in my classroom decor. Here are the ideas that I came up with to use with my classroom theme:


Word Wall
An Ocean of Words
Our Sea of Words

Student Work Bulletin Board
“Sea” Our Great Work
Splashing Great Work
Look Who’s Work Made “A” Splash!

Math Word Wall
Hooked on Math
A School of Math Words

Writing Bulletin Board (displaying students’ writing)
Catching Great Writers
Writing Treasure Trove
Riding the Writing Wave
A Treasure Trove of Writers

The Scientific Sea

Social Studies (showcasing our state: Florida)
The Sunshine State

Core Values (for core value student of the month)
Sailing Away with Core Values


  • D.O.L.P.H.I.N. Folders
    I used DOLPHIN Binders last year but they were too bulky and the students hardly used them. So this year I will use a folder instead which will contain some of the same resources I included in my DOLPHIN Binder. The only difference will be that students will no longer keep their subject area work in there since I collect it myself. Students will also have their clear zip-pouch in their folder to keep their “Fin” Dollars (our classroom currency for our classroom economy).
  • Take “Fin” Home
    I’ve been meaning to use this idea in previous years but I was not able to kick start it before. This school year I plan to use it from the beginning. I have a special bookbag which contains a stuffed bottlenose dolphin which I named “Fin”. The bookbag also contains a composition notebook, crayons, color pencils, a glue stick, and scissors. Students will be chosen to take the bookbag home over the weekend. They are to then write about what they did with Fin while they had him. They write about it in the composition notebook. Every student will have a opportunity to take Fin home, write, and share their experience with the class. It’s a great writing activity that I hope the students will enjoy.
  • “Fin” Dollars
    As mentioned before, I have a classroom economy and on our classroom currency I have a dolphin. We call the currency “Fin” Dollars.
  • Ocean Plush Animals
    I was at Target yesterday browsing the dollar section (don’t you just love that section). While browsing I discovered six ocean plush animals for only a dollar each. I immediately thought about my theme and how great they would look in our classroom library area. I bought a sting ray, a shark, an orca whale, a pink dolphin, an octopus, and a lobster.

Learn more about DOLPHIN Binders on my classroom site page: