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Easy Prep Camping Themed Cross Curricular Centers & Activities for Lower Elementary Children!
Resource Prep: Each activity below includes the prep needed to do activity with students in the description. It may include just copying worksheet or printing, laminating and cutting center games. Each direction to games are located on one of the game sheets for student use.
Resource Includes the Following:
☀️ Camping Literature List
☀️ Camping Writing Station Words
☀️ Classroom Books
☀️ Student Booklets
☀️ Student Worksheets
☀️ Art Projects
☀️ Literacy Centers
☀️ Math Centers
Choose books from the list about camping to read to your students.
Print and laminate a few colored copies of the Campin Writing Station words for students to use or copy one sheet for each student to put in their writing folder or journal.
“Things to Take Camping” Classroom Book: Copy cover on cardstock and then copy the student sheet for each student and have them write and draw what you need to take on a camping trip. Collect each student paper and make classroom book binding or stapling book together.
“Going Camping” Classroom Book: Copy cover on cardstock and then copy the student sheet for each student and have them write and draw what they can do on a camping trip. Collect each student paper and make classroom book binding or stapling book together.
“Going Camping” Student Booklet: Copy and assemble each of the “ Going Camping” booklets for each students . There are two booklet pages to each sheet with one cover and 8 other pages.. You can copy as many pages as you would like students to do. Students fill in the blank of each camping statement and then draw a picture of what they wrote.
“I See Camping Trip” Student Booklet: Students can work on this booklet at center or quiet work time to practice their number and color words. Students copy over the number and color word and then color the camping trip pictures the correct color. You can copy the pages on regular paper, there are two booklet pages to each sheet with one cover and 10 other pages..
Story Elements Graphic Organizers (2 types): After reading a story from the literature list a few times, have students fill out the story elements: characters, setting, problem & ending., either by drawing or writing out with words.
Beginning, Middle and Ending Organizer: (3 types): After reading a story a few times, have students fill out the story parts organizer, naming the beginning, middle and ending of the story. One organizer is in the shape of a marshmallow.
Sequencing Retelling Graphic Organizers (2 types): After reading a story from the literature list a few times have students fill out the sequence story retelling. Students must sequence the events in the story in order.
“Camping” Organizers: After reading the books about summer students fill out this nonfiction organizer with 3 facts they have learned about summer. Students must include a topic and concluding sentences about ladybugs. At the bottom of the sheet students write out their facts and conclusion into sentences to make a paragraph. This paragraph can be typed up to make a classroom book or a student display.
Camping Poem: Copy the Camping Acrostic poem either on copy paper or cardstock. Students write words that begin with each of the letters of the word CAMPING to complete the poem. You may display these poems in the classroom or hallway or make into classroom book.
“If I Spent a Night in a Tent”: Student write about what they do if they spent a night in a tent. There are two pages one with title and then extra writing sheet to each sheet You can copy as many pages as you would like students to do.
Campfire Art Project : Copy and assemble the campfires using the directions and template page in unit. Display campfires in hallway or in the classroom for decorations.
Paper Plate S’mores Art Project: Copy and assemble S’mores using the directions and template page in unit. Hang S’mores in hallway or in the classroom for decorations.
Camping Gear Match Game: Children place the cards face down in rows. They take turns turning two cards over to see if they have matched the same camping gear to the word. If it does they keep both cards, if not they turn the cards back over and the next child has a turn. The person who has the most matches wins the game.
S’more Make a Word Game: Children take a marshmallow or chocolate (consonant & consonant blends are provided) and put it in front of a graham cracker word chunk to make a word. Children can write word on paper or white board or use one of the 8 worksheets to go with this activity. Children can write word on paper or white board or use one of the 8 worksheets to go with this activity.
Camping Real & Nonsense Words : Children place cards face down and take turns drawing a card. Student reads words and decides whether it is a real word or nonsense words. Child checks with partner or group to make sure he/she is accurate. Child writes or places words on t-chart on white board or use sheet provided in this resource (each student may have a sheet or you could use one sheet for the whole game). The next person takes a turn. Play until all cards have been used.
Camping & Campers Roll & Bump Games (2 different games): Roll two or three number cubes and add those numbers. Cover that space with your marker. You can bump your partner’s color and take their space! If you cover a space with two markers stacked on top of each other, you lock that space and can’t be bumped. The player to use all ten of their markers first is the winner! 4 game cards for two dice & 4 game cards for three dice .
S’more 3 Addend Addition Clip Game: Children read the 3 addend addition number sentence and find the sum of all three numbers. Children place a paper clip or clothes pin to the correct answer of the number sentence.
Campers & Camping Roll & Cover Games (2 different games): One Dice Roll: 4 game cards. Roll one die and count your dots. Cover the number of dots you rolled with your marker. Two players will need to use two different colors. Covering the most numbers wins! Two Dice Roll: 4 game cards. Roll two die and count your dots. Cover the number of dots you rolled with your marker. Two players will need to use two different colors. Covering the most numbers wins!
Kids have some camping themed fun while learning a variety of skills!