Camping in the Classroom

The end of the year is within reach (2 more weeks) and we finally got to let loose a little bit now that testing is over. Can I get an amen?! Last week we learned all about camping and I can't wait to share our fun with you.

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We started by brainstorming background knowledge. I split my kids into groups and each had a different topic to discuss. We made an anchor chart and added to it each day as we learned something new. Although I am not an expert camper by any means, I was surprised to learn that the majority of my students had little to no experience with the great outdoors.

If you are looking for camping themed crafts, activities for your classroom, or snacks, this post is for you! Tons of camping themed ideas are shared to help you have an awesome Classroom Campout!

We also read lots of camping and summer camp themed books. Here are few of my favorites. You can click each book image to be taken right to the book on Amazon.

If you are looking for camping themed crafts, activities for your classroom, or snacks, this post is for you! Tons of camping themed ideas are shared to help you have an awesome Classroom Campout!

                                   

Their favorite part was when they got to bring in towels (aka "sleeping bags") and flashlights to read with. Seriously, they would have read all day long if I let them! On the last day I set up a tent and campfire and the kids took turns reading around the fire and inside the tent.

If you are looking for camping themed crafts, activities for your classroom, or snacks, this post is for you! Tons of camping themed ideas are shared to help you have an awesome Classroom Campout!

If you are looking for camping themed crafts, activities for your classroom, or snacks, this post is for you! Tons of camping themed ideas are shared to help you have an awesome Classroom Campout!
If you are looking for camping themed crafts, activities for your classroom, or snacks, this post is for you! Tons of camping themed ideas are shared to help you have an awesome Classroom Campout!

Sidenote, the "campfire" was pretty much like a never ending STEM challenge. I must have built and rebuilt that darn thing 20 times. I used rolled brown paper bags for the logs (and a lot of tape!), construction paper flames, mini glass gems as rocks and to weigh it down, and a shallow pan to put it in. When I create it again next year I am going to try to cover the logs in wood grain contact paper. I also had to tape some of the logs and flames in place so it didn't tip over (can we say real life Jenga?).

We made special snacks two of the days. The first day we made campfires using mini marshmallows as rocks, small and large pretzel sticks as the logs/twigs, and gummy peach candies as the flames of the fire. I also saw online where people used candy corn flames and potato stick twigs but I couldn't find those so we worked with what we had.

If you are looking for camping themed crafts, activities for your classroom, or snacks, this post is for you! Tons of camping themed ideas are shared to help you have an awesome Classroom Campout!
I gave the same ingredients to each child and let them use their imagination to build their campfires. I love how different they each came out! One little one even had marshmallows roasting over her fire.

We also practiced How To Writing and made s'mores. We wrote down our ingredients and the steps to make their treats. They then followed their directions and enjoyed the snacks. Instead of regular marshmallows, I gave each child a spoonful of marshmallow fluff to spread. While it was a little messy (one kid got fluff on his head, don't ask hah), it worked well since we don't have a microwave in the classroom to melt regular ones.

If you are looking for camping themed crafts, activities for your classroom, or snacks, this post is for you! Tons of camping themed ideas are shared to help you have an awesome Classroom Campout!

To tie in art we made Handprint Campfires. First they ripped brown construction paper into logs for their fire. Then, I painted their hands with yellow, orange, and red paint and they stuck it to their paper. You should have heard the giggles from the ticklish paintbrush :)

If you are looking for camping themed crafts, activities for your classroom, or snacks, this post is for you! Tons of camping themed ideas are shared to help you have an awesome Classroom Campout!

While it all looks like fun and games, I swear we did real work too! Students each picked their own animals to research and used classroom books and online sites like Pebble Go to find facts. After they wrote a paragraph, they created talking animals using the ChatterPix Kids app on our iPads.

If you have never used this app before it is AMAZING! Kids took pictures of their animal (or screenshots from an online search), added a mouth, and read their paragraph aloud. The iPad app then makes it look like the animal is talking saying their story. They are also able to save their clip and upload it to our class Seesaw site. Here is one of my little ones' stories.

                                
In writing, I found adorable camping themed napkins from Oriental Trading and stapled blank paper inside. The napkin becomes the book cover. My kids used the napkin books as inspiration for their camping themed stories. So cute!
In math we used mini marshmallows as manipulatives for addition practice and solved camping themed word problems which can be found here.

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For added decorations (and a movement activity), I printed pictures of woodland animals from online. I laminated them and hung them around the room. My kids went on a "Nature Walk" to see how many wild animals they could find. They loved it! They recorded everything they found on a clipboard and blank lined paper.

If you are looking for camping themed crafts, activities for your classroom, or snacks, this post is for you! Tons of camping themed ideas are shared to help you have an awesome Classroom Campout!
Well, that about sums up our week! We had so much fun and I am glad I could share some new ideas with you.

If you are looking for more ideas, I have an entire Pinterest board for camping themed classroom ideas. Enjoy! Have you had a camping themed unit in your classroom before?

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1 comment

  1. This is such an informative and useful article. I really like all the different ideas and hacks for the classroom. It's little things like this one those change the entire mood of the classroom.

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