Camping Kit

Bring the great outdoors, indoors. Get your class pumped up for learning with a classroom camping trip! There’s nothing better than reading with flashlights, writing spooky stories around the campfire, fishing for answers to rigorous questions in the river, and completing tasks throughout the week to earn all of the pieces for a s’more! Welcome to Camp Learn-a-lot!

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Small tent

Cardboard campfire

2 small bag chairs

Pine tree fabric backdrop

4 lanterns

4 place mats/sit spots

4 round tree stump pillows

Plaid tablecloth

Optional: toaster oven

Optional: toaster oven

  • Penny canoes- make canoes from foil and see how many pennies it can hold before it sinks. (recording sheet in resources folder) Have students make a hypothesis of how many they think it will hold and discuss design changes they would make to improve their canoe for next time.
  • I found camping themed reading passages in many different levels using my free account on Readworks.com. They came with comprehension questions as well. I pulled leveled reading groups back to my table for camp book club and we read the passages together before they 
  • Making smores- there is a s’mores “how to” writing page in the resources  folder. We made smores as we wrote and cooked them for a snack when we were done.
  • I used this video and paused it intermittently to give students time to draw. https://youtu.be/DKJcRGz1PFI When we were finished drawing they write a narrative story about a camping trip focusing on characters setting and a strong plot. 
  • Fishing- I put out a piece of blue butcher paper along the wall to act as our river. I cut out fish die cuts and hot glued a washer on them. I wrote sight words on them for a few days with vis-a-vis markers then changed them to addition facts halfway through the week. Students took turns fishing using a pole with a magnet strung to the end. The magnet would stick to the washer so they could “catch” fish and read the sight word or answer the math fact. You could do this with harder questions for older students and have a letter on each fish corresponding to a recording sheet. 

 

  • I put this campfire as the background on our smartboard. https://youtu.be/qsOUv9EzKsg
  • I created a “mountains” mural out of butcher paper to hang on the back wall. We ended up drawing constellations in the sky and spending time talking about the stars and how well you can see them when you are away from the city lights.
  • 4 small kids in the tent at a time reading with a flashlight
  • Have students bring a sack lunch one day to have a picnic in our “campsite”

See the Camping Classroom Transformation Kit in Action