Saturday, March 10, 2012

Camping Unit

Hello Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by for a peek into the wonderfilled world of first grade!  I want to share some highlights of our Camping Theme.  We had so much fun studying the animals you would find while camping, researching through Pebble Go, reading poetry, writing poetry, reading books, both fiction and nonfiction, writing our own nonfiction pieces, celebrating reading with camping day, and doing firefly science experiments. We got to show it all off at our annual Open House! Enjoy the view!!

Our favorite "camping" books!

Fishing Day! Fishing for Facts
Caught One!
Hiking Day!! Writing Acrostic Poems
I went hiking and saw...
Sight word stars on the ceiling! Can you see them?

Stargazing for sight words

I'm Sleeping in my sleeping bag...poetry
Reading to Flashlight

Reading to firefly light

Paper bag backpacks to hold some of our work!

Our very own little pup tent!!  Can't wait to read in here!!

Welcome to Camp VandenBerge!

hallway display of our animals

Happy Campers

Fireflies and Glowsticks Science!!

Put glowsticks in ice and hot water.  Look at the difference!!!

 Our Sci Fri experience was to ask questions about the effects of temperature on the brightness of glow sticks (fireflies). (Thanks to the sweet mom who supplied us with glowsticks for each kiddo!!!) We discovered that the warmer the environment, the brighter the glow!!!  The chemical reactions release more energy more quickly in a warm environment. Is that why we see more fireflies in the summer months???
firefly printables are here! :)

Fireflies and Glowsticks printable

Sleeping Bag Poem Printable

I can't wait to catch some fireflies this summer!!!

Thanks for taking a peek into our world!!
Hope your tomorrow is just as bright!!


  1. love the shoes with the acrostic poem. Did you create this unit?

    First Grade Delight

  2. Nancy - your camping stuff is absolutely have VERY cute ideas! I'm your newest follower! Can't wait to visit often to see what you are up to. COme over and visit me I'm having a lucky 300 giveaway. :o)
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

  3. Can I just say ADORBS! I love this Nancy! You have some of the cutest ideas. =)

    I will have to do the glow sticks in the hot and cold water.

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to come visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart

  4. Hey Vicky and Heather,
    Thanks for your positive comments! I love creating new ways to incorporate fun into learning. I am soooo "hands on" so I tend to make the lessons for my kids hands on!! My team is great with brainstorming!!! I do save a lot of time for books in the hands of my kids, though!!! Reading is priority 1!
    I am just learning how this whole blogging thing works. Next on my list is learning how to embed my documents!! Thanks for your patience!! Joyfully!

  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us. Can you tell me how you made the paper bag backpacks? I would really like to do this next year :o) YOU ROCK!

  6. I am getting ready to do a camping unit in summer school. Your ideas are wonderful! If you have the fish facts game to share I would love that! Thank you

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  7. I totally love your ideas and can't wait to start the year with those great acrostic poems - so cute. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Please come and checkout my camping ideas (on my brand new blog - yep, a newbie here).

    Happy Camping,

  8. Just stumbled upon your blog. LOVE THE CAMPING projects. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Just found your blog via Pinterest. I am teaching summer school and our theme is Camp. I am excited to do the firefly/glow stick experiment with my kids. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Teachers have shared for years, that is the nature of teachers. Then TPT came along. Are all ideas on TPT original? I don't think so! I also see many of the same things on TPT with a slightly different version. Must everything be sold now? Are TPT sellers angry because some people are giving and it hurts their business? Nancy, I think it is wonderful that you SHARE with teachers and you are always so positive and happy. I love getting your email and I thank you for your sweet spirit. If I was top seller on TPT, I don't think I'd make a negative comment to a sweet, giving person. I may rethink some of my future TPT purchases! So sad!

  12. Nancy, I don't want it to seem like I'm attacking you. That isn't my intention at all. Please feel free to delete my comments.

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  14. I have done a camping unit. This will be my sixth year for it! We go fishing for math facts too! I love the hiker acrostic poem and glow sticks. We might add these on this year.

  15. wooo! great ideas! I am planning a camping theme for summer school and you are amazing! thank you! Paula

  16. As a teacher candidate going into my internship in the fall (grade K/1), I am over-the-moon pleased to have stumbled across this blog. I am sorry to see the backlash of the sharing, but we are taught, over and over again, to collaborate. Thank-you for sharing these wonderful ideas. I look up to established teachers in the profession, and hope to give back by collaborating and sharing my ideas with other teachers in the future. I agree, teaching is not a competition; teaching is a passion to see kids thrive. So, thank-you for your contribution to my future, and, by extension, thank-you for your contribution to my future students! :)

  17. I had a Camping Week a couple of weeks ago, and absolutely had a blast. I've pinned this post on my Pinterest Camping Theme page, and see several activities I'll use next year!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  18. Wow! I think it's great that you share and teachers are always sharing ideas. Your blog lays has such great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I can not believe the comments from deanna jump. I and my teacher friends have purchased tons of stuff on TPT but not anymore:(

  19. Your work surpasses so many other articles I’ve seen on the Internet. You are very talented at what you do and I hope you continue.

  20. Please give credit where credit is due. All of your ideas are from Cara Carroll. I am not trying to be rude but she deserves to be recognized for HER hard work. These are not your ideas.

    1. Myself, Cara and the rest of my team had a blast putting this camping unit together!! You see similar things because we taught together on the same team at the same school. We loved creating a consistent environment for our kids to learn and grow. We did this unit for open house and had so much fun! I'm sorry you didn't realize that. Thanks for your passion!! :)

    2. I apologize for not realizing that. Feel free to delete my comment. Y'all have a rockin school!

    3. Anonymous, Thank you for your last comment. We tried very hard to share what we were doing for the benefit of teachers and kids everywhere. I hope you can glean passion, creativity and educational ideas through this blog. That is absolutely my intent!! :)

  21. Hi Nancy, do you have a template for the HIKE acroustic poem that you did for your camping unit? I love it and would love to use it with my first grade campers this summer :).


  22. Hi Nancy! I love your camping ideas. In two weeks I have a camping theme planned for my preschoolers. Do you happen to have a pattern for the sleeping bag...poetry? Although they will not be able to write a poem, they would love to make themselves in a sleeping bag. Please email me at and let me know. Thanks Cindy


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