This morning I read Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping. I loved Amelia Bedelia as a child and always read the books to my classes. The books provide many opportunities to discuss figures of speech. After our read-aloud, it was time for Flashlight Reading! I asked students to bring in a flashlight today. As an end of the school year gift, I have also given my students a flashlight in some years. Some good options I have used in the past are these mini flashlights, mini flashlight keychains, and these lantern keychains. I paired students up and they were able to spread around the room with their book bins and read in the dark. I also played a river scene on my Promethean Board for effect. Some students even asked me if they could tell their own stories (just like they had seen me model during campfire stories) to their partner! It was so much fun to watch them create their own “scary’ stories.
Afterward, we talked about how our families had been sending us mail all week and now we were going to write them! I gave each student a blank postcard template. They decorated the front with a memory from Camp Learned A Lot and on the back wrote a letter for their family. You could laminate and send these through the mail, but I just put a sticker on the stamp location and sent these home with the kiddos. They turned out so adorable!
Once our postcards were written, we learned a new camp song! Today’s was Baby Shark!
We ended our Camp Learned A Lot week by taking home our Camp Journals and sitting around the campfire one last time for a campfire story. The kiddos were so sad to see this week come to an end, but I know they will have memories for years to come!
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