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We are camping our way to the end of a great year!
14 May, 2013. 7 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Tomorrow we only have 8 more days of school. CRAZY! Parent conferences, end-of-the-year activities, and everything else that happens the last week of school is in FULL swing in my neck of the woods.

In order to keep my students engaged and practicing their skills, I spent way too much money on a bunch of new insect and woodland animal books from Scholastic. When the wonderful white box was delivered to my classroom Monday my class cheered. It was really sweet. (They love getting new books as much as I do!)

We also set up tents in our classroom to kick the camping theme into high gear.

Reading in the tents is now our new favorite activity.
Today we read a bunch of insect books and wrote all about what we learned. 
We also are loving our new camping centers. I really love this new task card format. (I wish I had started it in December!) {I will be making a bunch of these for next year!!}I  think the best thing is that my students are loving the ability to choose what they are doing and can move seamlessly from one task to the next. My students get right to work and love the activities. This week our tasks include writing facts and opinions about woodland animals, writing a “how to” piece, suffix puzzles, and buggy antonyms. ( We have two half days {field day} this week so I didn’t want to give them too many tasks to complete.) If my students complete all of their tasks, they can choose from a variety of choices: reading in the tents, writing a campfire story, playing on the computer, or reading with Elephant and Piggie.
I display my task cards in the bins below. They hold recording sheets really well and are easy to carry. I put in small tubs that store the “task” and the pieces to the game. This makes it easy to clean up. 
A favorite task today was the “How to” task. I had multiple students at the beloved moon table working hard on their task. One student wrote about how she would avoid a skunk and a few others were writing on how to dive into a pool. It was so great to see them so involved in a writing activity and working so hard. 

 Another favorite task today was matching our root words and suffixes. One of my students said, “Miss Smith, this is just SO FUN!”

 During Math today my students worked hard at matching forest animals to their correct fractions:

 
Campfire rounding:
And a few other centers that I didn’t get pictures of. 
We watched a really cute video on youtube about baby skunks…
…and now we all want a skunk as a pet. 😉 
That about captures a day in first grade today! 
Oh, in case you are interested in getting a free camping task, download the preview from my “Let’s go camping” literacy centers! It comes with the recording page, too! 
Click here to get it!!  Enjoy the freebie! 

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7 Comments
  1. This makes ME want to go camping in MY classroom…I can imagine how excited your kiddos were! Totally cool!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

  2. FUN!!!!

  3. Super adorable and fun!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  4. I love the task card idea! That’s a great way to keep students accountable for their work. Thanks for the great freebie too!

  5. Love it, our school is doing a school wide camping theme next year. I love the camping kids. Did you make them or did you get them somewhere?

  6. Lisa -

    Where did you buy your tent?
    Thank you

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  • This makes ME want to go camping in MY classroom…I can imagine how excited your kiddos were! Totally cool!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

  • FUN!!!!

  • Super adorable and fun!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  • I love the task card idea! That’s a great way to keep students accountable for their work. Thanks for the great freebie too!

  • Love it, our school is doing a school wide camping theme next year. I love the camping kids. Did you make them or did you get them somewhere?

  • Lisa -

    Where did you buy your tent?
    Thank you

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