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Camping Theme 2010-2011

Posted 07-10-2010 at 11:13 AM by Mariely

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. us_view=mscd_embedded_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: ction_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)
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  1. Old Comment

    other snack ideas

    I do this theme too - thanks for sharing ideas! I had a few more snack ideas to share - one is s'mores. I have one of those smore kits that were popular a few years ago that I use, but you could do a no-cook version I'm sure. We also do ants on a log (if you have peanut allergies in your room, I've used cream cheese instead of peanut butter); also trail mix. I bring a bunch of ingredients that could go in there and they make their own recipe card by deciding how many scoops of what ingredient to put into their own bag.
    Posted 07-10-2010 at 04:36 PM by smar smar is offline
    Updated 07-10-2010 at 05:31 PM by Mariely
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    Creative and organized!

    Wow...your students are going to love this theme for the year! Do you still teach in Florida? That is a great year round theme since you have such great weather compared to us northerners who bear the ice and snow.

    Thank you for sharing. All ideas and materials are listed so others know exactly how they could put this all together. Having the plans is a great timesaver.

    Here's a creative challenge for you...turn your reward tickets into the camp theme!

    I have read all of your are an amazing teacher. Wish I could be a little chipmunk around that campfire in your class this year.
    Posted 07-10-2010 at 05:08 PM by SisterAnne SisterAnne is offline
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    Mariely's Avatar

    Camping Theme

    Thank you for your comments! I really appreciate it. I also like the additional snack ideas.

    SisterAnne, thank you so much for your feedback. I really appreciate it. I do still teach in Florida and this theme is going to fit in perfectly for the entire year. Our school is a green school and we have a vegetable garden and an outdoor classroom under a large gazebo. I'm going to incorporate both of these into my theme. I like the idea of turning some of my rewards into a camping theme. I'm going to have to brainstorm that idea.

    Thanks again for everything. I always love to share ideas and share them in a way that other teachers will find it simple to implement them. Take care!
    Posted 07-10-2010 at 05:35 PM by Mariely Mariely is offline
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    I was so excited to see your entry. I'm trying the camping theme this year for the first time and have spent my whole summer vacation so far (we just started) planning it. There's a good chance I'll "borrow" an idea or two from you, so I wanted to offer one of my own in return.

    I have younger kids, so this idea may not work for you, but just in case: I'm having a duck pond/fishing hole in addition to a lot of the other things you mentioned. There will be a small, inflatable child-size pool in the room. If it's a duck pond, I'm going to put in the 100 ducks from Oriental Trading's mega set. I've already written subtraction facts on the bottom of each one. The students can either sort the ducks into "nests" according to the answer to the fact, or they can just pick up ducks and ask one another subtraction facts. When it's a fishing hole, the pond will be full of paper fish with paperclips that can be fished out with a magnetic fishing pole. The fish will have addition facts. Really, though, it's adaptable to any kind of facts, vocab, etc.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 07-11-2010 at 04:34 PM by lookahead lookahead is offline
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    Mariely's Avatar

    Duck Pond/Fishing Hole

    OMG!!! I so love your idea. I can actually use it and modify it to include multiplication/division facts. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING!!!

    I wanted to share another great idea I learned today from another teacher.
    • Use sleeping bags as seating mats on the floor.
    If anyone else has another great idea, please share it!
    Posted 07-12-2010 at 11:46 AM by Mariely Mariely is offline
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    Firefly Notebook and Bug Box

    The 2-3 Mailbox has a great camping idea this month. Label a shoe box the BUG BOX and a spiral notebook FIREFLY BOOK. Bug box is where anyone can write on a slip of paper a schools concern that is bugging him/her (limits tattling). The firefly Book is a special place to write about an example of how someone brightened your day. At the end of the week hold a class meeting about bug box problems and discuss how they might be solved. End the meeting with a positive note or two that have been written in the Firefly book.
    Posted 07-19-2010 at 03:28 AM by vana vana is offline
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    Mariely's Avatar

    Firefly Notebook and Bug Box

    Wow...thanks a bunch vana for sharing that GREAT idea! I'm definitely going to incorporate that. Fantastic!
    Posted 07-19-2010 at 04:08 AM by Mariely Mariely is offline
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    A Few More Ideas

    This is great! I am on my second year of camping theme and I love everyone's ideas. Please keep sharing them! Here are three different ones that I have this year:
    1. Cricket Tickets- I saw info online about using a token system to reward positive behaviors. I modified it to be tickets that I made using WORD with crickets (found doing a google clipart search) and number words on them. Since each student is assigned a number for privacy, I wrote it using the word to meet the math standards. My husband put nails in a board for me so I could keep them hanging out of student reach. The board is titled "Cricket Tickets- For Behavior That's Worth Chirping About." I pull the tickets down and put them in a cricket cage that I got for $2.00 at Wal-Mart. When I need a special helper, I pull a ticket out and call that student.
    2. Jobs- the title for my board is "We're Busy Beavers." I used DJ Inkers clip art to put jobs on logs and names on beavers.
    3. Trash cans- I used the little trash cans with the revolving tops from the dollar store. I used felt to add features and turned them into owls. I wrote the old Woodsy the Owl saying on the back- "Give a hoot! Don't polute!" I have them placed around the room to cut down on movement and make it easier for me to get rid of trash while I teach.
    Posted 08-27-2010 at 02:41 PM by COLT2 COLT2 is offline
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    A Tent

    I have a small child sized tent in my classroom for my camping classroom. The kids go in there to read with a buddy or to read on their own.
    Posted 03-06-2011 at 09:40 PM by jaijk717 jaijk717 is offline

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